Many of Philadelphia’s inner-city rail stations are underutilized and physically disconnected from surrounding neighborhoods. This diagram illustrates the large amounts of land vacant around two problem stations, the 46th Street Station (left) and the Temple Station (middle) in contrast with the more successful Center City Station (right).
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Through phased planning and construction over the next 20 years, the Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Master Plan will implement innovative landscape design strategies to reconnect each station with its larger community. The plan also leverages these stations’ high levels of regional connectivity to spur new urban growth and create a more sustainable city.
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New brightly-painted bike lanes and tree-lined sidewalks help make access to the Temple Station safer and more convenient. Trees and shrubs fill vacant lots and make the road-side scenery more inviting for potential transit users.
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The pathway leading to the 46th Street Station is lined with brightly-colored rain gardens. This “green gateway” enhances pedestrian access to the station while also collecting and filtering stormwater.
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Adjacent to the Temple Station, a defunct rail bridge shouldering the sidewalk is transformed into a tree nursery, a place to locally grow trees for future planting on nearby streets. By reusing the structure rather than demolishing it, costs and construction waste are reduced.
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At the doorstep of the 46th Street Station, a new linear park functions as a multi-purpose civic space that hosts a variety of cultural events, including outdoor movies and farmers markets. By drawing people into this once-abandoned area, the park creates new opportunities for local businesses.
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A green roof adjacent to the Temple Station creates rare urban green space that helps foster a more livable community. The roof sits between two new mixed use buildings that have brought new jobs and businesses to the struggling local economy.
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The plan integrates recreation space into the design of the 46th Street Station. This one-mile long running track circles a large city block and creates much-needed athletic space for several local schools and the broader community.
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