Philadelphia, PA - By using a unique public-private collaboration with SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and community stakeholders, UCD raised $2.1 million to completely transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal, the busiest at-grade rail station in the city.
By incorporating fantastic urban design, infrastructure renewal, and community involvement, UCD will completely transform the area from an unattractive expanse of cement into a welcoming and public space offering breathtaking landscaping, portable seating, and a brand-new restaurant that will provide community enjoyment for thousands of neighbors, commuters, and local employees.
Trolley Portal Gardens is going to offer a gateway for West Philadelphia trolley riders and a vibrant public space for the entire neighborhood. The new restaurant, Trolley Car Station, will undoubtedly be an eastern anchor on the fast-growing Baltimore Avenue business corridor, where tens of thousands of neighbors, commuters, university students, and employees from the nearby VA Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia converge.
The design and style focus on safety and comfort for the approximated 5,000 riders that board or exit trolleys at the Portal each day. The undertaking will enhance pedestrian circulation while using cutting-edge stormwater management techniques that replace impervious surfaces with lush wildflower meadow-like mounds planted with native species. The entire esthetic improvements will increase the commutes nearly 60,000 riders who pass through the Portal each day. Green City Works, UCD’s full-service landscaping social venture, will maintain the space, ensuring that the neighborhoods beautification is linked to growth and opportunity for residents.