SEPTA began work yesterday on its biggest stimulus project, a $25 million remake of two stations on the Broad Street subway.
Local politicians and SEPTA officials gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Spring Garden station, which, along with the Girard station, will get elevators, new stairs, new lights, new tiles, rebuilt columns, and new safety and communications systems.
The remodeling of the 81-year-old stations is to take two years, but service for the 10,000 daily riders at the two stations will not be interrupted, SEPTA officials said.
The project is the most expensive of 32 SEPTA projects being paid for with $191 million in federal stimulus funds. The station rehab will create about 200 jobs, including 100 in construction and 100 in supply and contractor work.