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#11 CNJRoss

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 10:58 AM

Amtrak news release:

30th Street Station District Plan Wins Prestigious National Award

 

January 13, 2017

 

 

American Institute of Architects Honor Award is Industry’s Highest Recognition

 

PHILADELPHIA – The 30th Street Station District Plan has been honored with the architecture industry’s most prestigious award – a 2017 Institute Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects.  The District Plan was selected from more than 500 submissions from around the world.

 

The award underscores the importance of the collaboration among the project Principals (Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA) in developing the Plan, with guidance from a coordinating committee and input from members of the public.

 

“On behalf of the 30th Street Station District Plan partners, we gladly accept this award and appreciate the endorsement it represents of the hard work that went into developing the Plan,” said Natalie Shieh, Project Director.  “We are enthusiastically moving forward on implementation, to take this inspiring vision and realize its great promise to transform the 30th Street Station District into Philadelphia’s next great neighborhood.”

 

“The District Plan beautifully reimagines one of Philadelphia’s greatest assets at the center of a world-class urban district,” said Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Director Kristopher Takács, AIA. “SOM is honored to have led an extraordinary team of professionals, future-leaning institutions, and committed citizens to envision a pivotal transformation.”

 

The District Plan is a comprehensive vision for the future of the area surrounding 30th Street Station in the year 2050 and beyond. In the near term, Amtrak and its partners are strategically advancing key projects to activate all four sides of the station and build a foundation for future growth and development.  In November 2016, Amtrak issued a Request for Proposals to lease and develop a roughly 32,500 square foot tract of land and associated air rights adjacent to 30th Street Station.

 

The Plan ultimately envisions 40 new acres of open space and 18 million square feet of new development, including an entirely new mixed-use neighborhood anchoring the District atop 88 acres of rail yards along the western bank of the Schuylkill River.  With a proposed $2 billion investment in roads, utilities, parks, bridges, and extension of transit services, the Plan has the potential to unlock $4.5 billion in private real estate investment with robust and widespread economic benefits.  An estimated $3.8 billion in City and State taxes and 40,000 new jobs would be created.

 

This is the second of Amtrak’s major development projects to receive recognition from the American Institute of Architects in the past several years.  In 2014, the Washington Union Station Master Plan received honorable mention in Urban Design/Master Planning from the AIA Washington Chapter.

 

 



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:27 PM

Philly Voice, 7/13/17:
 

Amtrak unveils design proposal for 30th Street Station Plaza

First phase of 30th Street Station District plan improves civic space, logistics

 

 

Over the past two years, the future of 30th Street Station and the surrounding area in University City has been a central focus of local stakeholders, including Amtrak, SEPTA, PennDOT, Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust.

 

If Philadelphia's main transportation hub is looking weathered in 2017, the $6.5 billion investment tied to the city's ambitious 30th Street Station District plan will ensure that the station better fits into the urban environment in the coming decades.

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A public open house held by Amtrak on Wednesday evening offered another glimpse of how the station is set to transform in the first phase of the long-term redevelopment.  .  .  .

 

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 11:21 AM

Amtrak news release:

 
Amtrak to Host Industry Day for Philadelphia 30th Street Station Master Developer Partnership

 

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Industry Day to spotlight growing momentum surrounding Philadelphia’s next great neighborhood

 

 

PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak will host an Industry Day for prospective bidders and development industry representatives interested in the master development partnership opportunity to bring to life the vision of the 30th Street Station District Plan, a road map towards an exciting new neighborhood, an incredible gateway for Philadelphia, and a center for new economic growth and opportunity. This event comes in advance of the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).

 

Industry Day will feature a presentation on 30th Street Station improvement initiatives, an overview of next steps in the Master Developer solicitation and highlight Amtrak’s overall approach to investment and development at its other major stations.

 

The Plan ultimately envisions an improved 30th Street Station, 40 new acres of open space and 18 million square feet of new development, including an entirely new mixed-use neighborhood anchoring the District atop 88 acres of rail yards along the western bank of the Schuylkill River. With a proposed $2 billion investment in roads, utilities, parks, bridges, and extension of transit services, the Plan has the potential to unlock $4.5 billion in private real estate investment with robust and widespread economic benefits.  An estimated $3.8 billion in City and State taxes and 40,000 new jobs would be created.

 

Following-up on positive market indicators, Amtrak anticipates moving forward with a two-step procurement, including a RFQ, followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP) from a short-list of qualified Master Developer teams.

 

The solicitation for the 30th Street Station master development partnership is part of a larger corporate program to leverage Amtrak’s substantial asset portfolio. Focused on innovative strategies for sustainable financial performance and infrastructure reinvestment, this program includes additional future opportunities at one or more Amtrak stations including Chicago Union Station and Baltimore Penn Station.

 

The Industry Day will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall, located at 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA on July 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will include several Amtrak speakers, presentations, and networking opportunities.

 

The event is free but registration is required. Firms interested in attending Industry Day must register by clicking here.

 

 



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Posted 16 August 2017 - 10:20 AM

<p>Images courtesy SOM / &copy; Amtrak</p>The 30th Street Station District Plan to transform Philadelphia’s historic train station and the surrounding community into a vibrant urban neighborhood promises to become one of the city’s defining projects for the 21st century.

Shortly after its public release in June 2016, the District Plan — the largest transit-oriented development (TOD) plan in Philadelphia — was formally accepted by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Work is underway on several projects outlined in the plan, which won the American Institute of Architects’ 2017 Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design.

Building 21st Century Capacity
Built in 1933, the 30th Street Station is the third-busiest Amtrak station in the U.S., handling an estimated 30,000 intercity travelers and regional commuters daily. In addition to Amtrak and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the station also serves as the terminus of NJ TRANSIT’s Atlantic City line.

Many major highways and streets pass adjacent to or near the Station, including Market Street, the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76), the Vine Street Expressway (Interstate 676) and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. The station is within walking distance of Center City Philadelphia and the many institutional, commercial, and cultural attractions in West Philadelphia’s University City District, most prominently Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

A Major Civic Effort
The District Plan, which began development in 2014, is the centerpiece of a major civic effort intended to rejuvenate the area surrounding the station. The plan proposes the creation of 40 acres of open space and 18 million square feet of new development, covering 175 acres. The plan includes a mixed-use urban neighborhood to be built on top of the 88-acre rail yard, which is located along the west bank of the Schuylkill River.

Amtrak’s District Plan for the 30th Street Station District was created in partnership with Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT (Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) and SEPTA, and developed by SOM in association with WSP USA, OLIN, and HR&A Advisors.


 
The District Plan
The approved District Plan addresses the development of transportation, the station and facilities, and commercial opportunities in the 30th Street Station District. Additionally, it details an approach to meeting current and forecasted intercity, high-speed rail and commuter rail service on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) and improving transit, pedestrian, and traffic accommodations for the horizon year 2040. The plan also addresses the future needs of Amtrak, SEPTA and NJ TRANSIT rail passenger facilities, railroad operations, and rolling stock maintenance and rail administrative facilities at the 30th Street Station through 2040. The plan identifies possibilities to generate revenue, improve linkages to the community, utilize existing properties and air rights, and define partnerships with neighboring entities to optimize planning of future develop<p>One of the top priorities expressed by the public for the plan&rsquo;s development was a convenient, weather- and traffic-protected underground connection between the SEPTA 30th Street trolley and subway station and Amtrak&rsquo;s 30th Street Station.</p>ment.

One of the top priorities expressed by the public during the five open houses for the plan’s development was a convenient, weather- and traffic-protected underground connection between the SEPTA 30th Street trolley and subway station and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station.  Preliminary design of a new above-ground facility is underway by SEPTA, with an investigation of options for re-establishing the underground connection between these two areas to follow.  

Similarly, on the surface streets, a feasibility study is underway for the reconfiguration of the I-76 and I-676 ramps near the station. Led by PennDOT, this project would not only improve the flow of traffic on the roads surrounding the station, it is also a predecessor activity for the construction of an intercity bus facility immediately north of the 30th Street Station. Additional projects are being advanced within and surrounding the station, including preliminary conceptual design for a reactivated north station concourse, improved station retail, and improvements to Station Plaza — transforming the public areas on all four sides of the station to an “active urban perimeter.”  

Several other projects are currently underway and slated for completion within the first 15 years of the plan. Immediately to the west of the station, Brandywine Realty Trust, and Drexel University are collaborating on Schuylkill Yards, a six-million-square-foot mixed-use development. Amtrak is also advancing state of good repair improvements to the station and overbuild development on an Amtrak-owned parcel located west of the station. In light of these projects, PennDOT and SEPTA are involved in complementary efforts to improve their roadway and transit assets adjacent to the station in light of the anticipated growth and future development.
<p>The 30th Street Station District Plan identifies possibilities to generate revenue, improve linkages to the community, utilize existing properties and air rights, and define partnerships with neighboring entities to optimize planning of future development.</p>
Project ridership growth
Projected growth in ridership has made the NEC a focal point of planning studies prepared by both the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) and Amtrak. The transportation component of the District Plan reflects the findings and conclusions of these studies, which include the NEC FUTURE study prepared under the aegis of the FRA, Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Master Plan, and other related studies and projects. Indeed, between 2003 and 2014, Amtrak experienced a surge in ridership: in 10 of those past 11 years, Amtrak trains in the NEC carried a record number of passengers. In fiscal year 2014, 11.6 million people used Amtrak’s NEC service, making the 30th Street Station the third busiest in the Amtrak national network.

Thus, the District Plan’s comprehensive 2040 transportation operations program addresses rail, transit, traffic, and pedestrian requirements. Three conceptual alternatives for overbuild development were created that addressed the requirements of a multimodal transportation network, including bicycle and pedestrian connections. The alternatives considered anticipated traffic volumes, passenger demand, institutional feasibility, and cost, along with an evaluation of potential factors that could influence structural options involving existing Amtrak and SEPTA rail lines, future SEPTA surface routes, and existing soil and groundwater conditions. Through stakeholder and public input, the three alternatives were refined into a singular vision for a station-anchored urban neighborhood.

For example, potential strategies to address SEPTA’s future needs include new bi-level coaches and locomotives, additional cars during rush hour, and limited changes in schedules to add capacity to address growth in regional rail service. Phased operations were developed for curbside operations around the station, including near-term plaza construction and related operational improvements, as well as the longer-term realignment of Schuylkill Avenue and construction of the north concourse.  The 2040 transportation network also considers street design, and includes street connections in the rail yard overbuild development to the existing city grid, overlaid with a bicycle network.

A key objective of the plan is the identification of facility and operational improvements required to optimize rail, transit and pedestrian traffic at the 30th Street Station and the surrounding neighborhoods through 2040. The station-related considerations include: passenger volumes; access/egress modes and conditions; platform conditions; passenger movement in the Amtrak concourse and in the corridor connecting the Amtrak and SEPTA concourses; travel paths/walking paths/chokepoints; waiting and queuing conditions; vertical circulation; baggage handling for long-distance trains; travel group characteristics; demographics and trip purpose by time of day; and passenger accommodation weaknesses (crowding, clarity, comfort, services, etc.).   

Peter Denitz, AICP, a sr. project manager with WSP USA, is principal-in-charge of WSP USA's contribution to the 30th Street Station District Plan.

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 07:59 PM

Amtrak news release:

 
Amtrak Goes to Industry for a Master Developer Partnership for Philadelphia 30th Street Station
 
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Response to Request for Qualifications required for consideration

 

PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak has taken the next step toward a comprehensive redevelopment of Philadelphia 30th Street Station and adjacent properties with the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking a Master Developer partnership, now available at procurement.Amtrak.com.

 

“Philadelphia 30th Street Station is one of the most critical assets in our national network,” said Rina Cutler, Amtrak Senior Director of Major Station Planning and Development. “A Master Developer partnership lays the groundwork to deliver a world-class multimodal hub on the Northeast Corridor. We are seeking an innovative partner who understands the vision for Philadelphia, respects the surrounding neighborhoods, and is excited to partner on a plan that will significantly improve the experience for all travelers, while maximizing the value of our strategic assets.”

 

Amtrak is seeking a Master Developer partner capable of all aspects of project delivery to include design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of non-rail assets at Philadelphia 30th Street Station, as well as expansion opportunities and commercial development of the surrounding Amtrak owned properties.

 

Historic 30th Street Station is the third busiest station in Amtrak’s national system, serving more than 4 million Amtrak passengers and more than 12 million combined SEPTA and NJ TRANSIT rail commuters annually. With ridership predicted to double along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) by 2040, the RFQ is being issued as demand for passenger rail service continues at record levels.

 

In advance of the RFQ, Amtrak hosted an Industry Day at the University of Pennsylvania on July 28, 2017 to introduce prospective bidders and development industry representatives interested in the master development partnership. The session was well attended by various industry professionals and market representation and included a formal presentation and networking sessions.

 

Following strong industry response, Amtrak is now moving forward with a two-step procurement including the RFQ, followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued to a shortlist of qualified Master Developer teams. Solicitation remains open to all prospective bidders at this RFQ stage. Amtrak expects to announce the shortlist of Master Development partnership teams in early 2018.

 

Qualifications must be received by 3:00 pm on November 9, 2017 to be considered. For any RFQ-related questions, interested bidders should contact: Carole Owens at OwensCa@amtrak.com.

 

“Now with the 30th Street Station Master Developer solicitation process beginning, several of Amtrak’s major stations are undergoing redevelopment,” said Peter Waldt, Amtrak Senior Director Commercial Planning and Development. “These redevelopment efforts will allow Amtrak to better utilize existing assets to drive the core business, realize substantial infusions of private capital, identify new sources of revenue that can be reinvested into the system, demonstrate a more sophisticated acumen for operating as a business and, most importantly, improve the customer experience.”

 

The solicitation for the 30th Street Station master development partnership is part of a larger corporate program to leverage Amtrak’s substantial asset portfolio. Focused on innovative strategies for sustainable financial performance and infrastructure reinvestment, this program includes other opportunities being pursued at Amtrak stations such as Chicago Union Station and Baltimore Penn Station.

 

Learn more about these infrastructure investments and many others that Amtrak is leading at nec.amtrak.com.

 
 
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Posted 03 October 2017 - 09:43 PM

Curbed Philadelphia, 10/3/17:
 

30th St. Station master developer search delayed due to Amazon HQ2

Amtrak has postponed its search until early 2018

 

 

Amtrak’s search for a master developer to take on its 30th Street Station District Plan just came to a halt in light of all of the Amazon hubbub.

 

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Why the halt? Amazon.

 

It sounds like Amtrak is seriously considering Philly’s pitch to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to the city. The area surrounding the 30th Street Station District Master Plan, which includes Schuylkill Yards, is said to be one of the spots being pitched by the city to Amazon.

 

More here.

 

Cross posted in  Public Transportation Role in Amazon 2nd Headquarters Site Selection






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