15th Street station (SEPTA)

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15th Street
City Hall
15th Street

SEPTA rapid transit station
15th Street SEPTA.JPG
Market Frankford platform
Location 15th & Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA
Coordinates 39°57′10″N 75°09′56″W / 39.952804°N 75.165489°W / 39.952804; -75.165489Coordinates: 39°57′10″N 75°09′56″W / 39.952804°N 75.165489°W / 39.952804; -75.165489
Owned by City of Philadelphia (leased to SEPTA)
Platforms 2 side platform (rapid transit),
2 side platforms (trolleys)
Tracks 4 (2 rapid transit, 2 tram)
Connections BSicon BAHN.svg SEPTA Regional Rail (at Suburban Station and Jefferson Station)
City Bus SEPTA City Bus: 4, 16, 17, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 48, 121
Structure type Underground
Disabled access Yes
Opened 1907
Rebuilt 2016-2018
Electrified 700 volts DC(MFL)
Overhead lines(SST)
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
toward 69th Street
Market–Frankford Line
toward Frankford
Subway–Surface Trolley Lines

15th Street station is a subway station in Philadelphia. It is served by SEPTA's Market–Frankford Line and all routes of the Subway–Surface trolley lines. A free interchange is available between all of the rapid transit lines here, including the Broad Street Line at City Hall, which is connected to 15th Street by an underground passage. It is the busiest station on the Market-Frankford Line, with 29,905 boardings on an average weekday[1].

The station is attached by underground pedestrian walkways to SEPTA Regional Rail's Suburban Station, the Broad Street Line's Walnut–Locust Station, the PATCO Speedline's 12–13th & Locust and 15–16th & Locust Stations; as well as the Market–Frankford Line's own 13th Street, 11th Street, and 8th Street Stations. However, no free interchange is available to any of these stations.

Riders to the station will find themselves in the very heart of Center City. City Hall lies across the street from the station, and such attractions as Love Park, the Penn Center area, and the Comcast Center are within immediate walking distance.

The Subway–Surface Lines stop at two individual stations within this complex. Inbound trolleys stop at 15th Street and outbound trolleys at Dilworth Park across the Market–Frankford Line platforms.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Entrances/Exits
B1 Mezzanine to entrances/exits, fare control, passageways to Broad Street Line
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Market–Frankford Line toward 69th Street (30th Street)
Eastbound Market–Frankford Line toward Frankford (13th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Trolley Lines toward West Philadelphia (19th Street)
Eastbound Trolley Lines toward 13th–Market (Terminus)
Side platform, doors will open on the right

ADA Reconstruction[edit]

Dating back to 1907, 15th Street was an original station along the Market-Frankford Line, and was not designed for ADA accessibility. In 2003, SEPTA rebuilt the station escalators, for which a lawsuit was filed by the Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, citing that renovating one critical component would require the rest of the station complex (Including City Hall on the BSL) to be renovated, per building code requirements. As such, SEPTA would be required to make the station ADA accessible.[2] SEPTA and the City of Philadelphia had been proposing a US $100,000,000 refurbishment of City Hall Station,[3] which included structural repairs, improvements in lighting and ventilation, aesthetic improvements, as well as ADA improvements. However, the project's progression had stalled due to lack of funds.[4]

In November 2011, the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation awarded construction contracts totaling $50 million for the restoration of Dilworth Park above the station, following the eviction of the Occupy Philly protesters occupying the area; the contract includes the accessibility improvements for the station.[5] SEPTA awarded construction contracts for the improvements in January 2012.[6] The project consisted of a restoration of the plaza, creating a "gateway" to the SEPTA transit station and installing elevators connecting to the street and Market-Frankford platforms at 15th. The contract did not include any accessibility for the disabled to the Broad Street Line platforms, which are outside the plaza boundaries. The total cost of the project has risen to $55 million, with most of the money coming from a federal grant, with additional contributions by the City of Philadelphia ($5 million), and non-profit organizations including the William Penn Foundation. The project, originally to have been completed July 2014, had been delayed due to the necessity to deal with stairways, duct banks and pipes construction crews encountered, that did not appear in any blueprints.[7] The renovated Dilworth Park opened on September 4, 2014.[8]

In 2013, the passage of PA Act 89 (Transportation Funding Law) has allowed SEPTA to move forward with the $147 million BSL/MFL station renovation.[9] The reconstruction of 15th began in 2016, and is expected to be complete in 2018, with reconstruction of City Hall station to begin in 2019.[10][11]



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