Project Partners

A project team made up of the Project Principals (Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, Pennsylvania Department of  Transportation, and SEPTA) and Coordinating Committee members will guide the planning effort to develop a comprehensive plan for the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District. 


Coordinating Committee

Amtrak is America’s Railroad®, the nation’s intercity passenger rail service and its high-speed rail operator. Amtrak and its state and commuter partners move people, the economy and the nation forward. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. In FY 2013, a record 31.6 million passengers traveled on Amtrak on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces.

 

Brandywine Realty Trust was a pioneer in developing the Cira Centre nearly 10 years ago, bringing new firms and thousands of jobs to Philadelphia. Since that time, the company has developed 3.6 million square feet and invested over $1 billion on the West Bank of the Schuylkill River. Between evo, Cira Green and FMC Tower at Cira Centre® South in University City, Brandywine is creating an architecturally inspired, eco-progressive neighborhood with a direct, positive impact on Philadelphia’s active socioeconomic status.

 

Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel University is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With approximately 26,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

 

PennDOT is a customer-driven service organization responsible for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Pennsylvania's multi-modal transportation system. To effectively move people and goods within a highly industrialized region, the Department has developed an extensive transportation system.  The Department is organized into a Central Office, which is located in Harrisburg, and eleven Engineering Districts strategically located throughout the Commonwealth.

 

In 1964, the Pennsylvania General Assembly established the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to provide public transportation services for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.  Today, SEPTA is the nation’s sixth largest transit system, with a vast network of fixed route services including bus, subway, trolley, trackless trolley and Regional Rail, as well as ADA paratransit and shared ride programs.

 

 

The City of Philadelphia supports this Master Plan primarily through the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU):

The mission of the City Planning Commission is to guide the orderly growth and development of the City of Philadelphia.  The 1951 Home Rule Charter defines the powers and duties of the Commission, including the preparation of a Comprehensive Plan; Capital Program and the City’s Zoning Ordinance. MOTU was established by Mayor Michael A. Nutter and charged with building a shared vision and coordinating decision-making among agencies and departments in order to achieve the greatest efficiency and improve conditions throughout the City’s transportation system.

 

CSX Corporation is one of the nation's leading transportation suppliers. The company’s rail and intermodal businesses provide rail-based transportation services including traditional rail service and the transport of intermodal containers and trailers.  Overall, the CSX Transportation network encompasses about 21,000 route miles of track in 23 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. 

 

Serving the Greater Philadelphia region for more than 40 years, DVRPC works to foster regional cooperation in a nine-county, two-state area. City, county and state representatives work together to address key issues, including transportation, land use, environmental protection and economic development. DVRPC serves as a Technical Committee member only. 

 

The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) is Philadelphia's city-wide economic development corporation. Founded in 1958 as a non-profit, joint venture between the City of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PIDC plans and implements real estate and financing transactions that attract investment, jobs and tax ratables to the City of Philadelphia.

 

NJ TRANSIT is New Jersey's public transportation corporation and the nation's largest statewide public transportation system, providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 261 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through the agency's Access Link paratransit service linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.  

 

With a proven track record in raising funds, promoting city assets, collaborating with a broad and diverse constituency, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation works with federal, state, city and private agencies to coordinate, plan and implement economic, recreational, environmental and cultural improvements and tourism initiatives on the lower Schuylkill River between the Fairmount Dam and the Delaware River.

 

University City District is a partnership of world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses and residents that creates opportunity, improves economic vitality and quality of life in the University City area of West Philadelphia. Their primary mission is community revitalization. They work within a place-based, data-driven framework to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, bring life to commercial corridors, connect low-income residents to careers, and promote job growth and innovation.

 

Founded in 1740, The University of Pennsylvania (Penn) is an American private Ivy League research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With over 24,000 students, Penn is one of the world's most powerful research and teaching institutions, with a research budget last year topping $800 million and more than 4,000 active faculty members.

 

Consulting Team

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Founded in 1936, SOM has completed more than 10,000 projects across 50-plus countries. Renowned for their iconic buildings and steadfast commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability, SOM has earned more than 1,700 awards and is the only practice to have twice been named ‘Firm of the Year’ by the American Institute of Architects. 

 

Parsons Brinckerhoff is a global consulting firm assisting public and private clients to plan, develop, design, construct, operate and maintain thousands of critical infrastructure projects around the world. Founded in New York City in 1885, Parsons Brinckerhoff is a diverse company of 14,000 people in more than 150 offices on five continents. With a strong commitment to technical excellence, a diverse workforce, and service to clients, Parsons Brinckerhoff is currently at work on thousands of infrastructure projects throughout the world.

 

OLIN is an international landscape architecture, comprehensive planning and urban design firm founded in Philadelphia in 1976. OLIN’s staff is composed of landscape architects, architects, project managers, and urban planners. 

 

HR&A Advisors, Inc. (HR&A) is an industry-leading real estate, economic development and energy efficiency consulting firm. HR&A has provided strategic advisory services for some of the most complex mixed-use, neighborhood, downtown, campus, and regional development projects across North America and abroad for over thirty years.