Philadelphia-Area Commuters Gain Greater Access to Vital Train Station with New Roadway Design
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., May 26, 2016—Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, is playing a role in the multi-faceted effort to improve the Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center, a key rail depot in the western suburbs of Philadelphia that is part of the daily commute for tens of thousands of people in the region. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently awarded Michael Baker a $7.5-million contract to design roadway system improvements at the train station, which serves both AMTRAK and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) riders.
“Michael Baker International is proud to be part of this regionally significant program aimed at ensuring that the Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center is ready to serve the needs of tomorrow’s commuters while also linking it seamlessly to the heart of Paoli,” said Eric Frary, office executive for Michael Baker’s Philadelphia regional offices. “Our work – combined with the efforts of other key stakeholders in this endeavor – will also pave the way for future retail, residential and commercial development in this important corridor.”
Michael Baker’s role includes the design of roadway enhancements that will improve traffic flow in the vicinity of the Paoli Station. The roadway improvements, along with the Amtrak upgrades to the station, will enhance access to the station, parking and nearby local businesses surrounding the station.
PennDOT, AMTRAK and SEPTA are collaborating on a host of upgrades for the station, including a new center high-level platform, elevators, ramps, a pedestrian overpass, parking lot improvements and additional enhancements to make the station ADA-compliant.
According to the latest ridership data, nearly three-quarters of a million SEPTA riders used the station last year. More than 175,000 AMTRAK passengers passed through the station during the same period.
Improvements to both the station and surrounding roadway system are expected to be complete by 2021.
About Michael Baker International
Michael Baker International is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services, which include planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life-cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker International has more than 6,000 employees in more than 90 locations across the U.S. and internationally. To learn more, visit www.mbakerintl.com.