Paoli Station Accessibility Improvements


OWNER: SEPTA / Amtrak / PennDOT

START DATE: 02/2014

END DATE: Phase One: 11/2019

Sowinski Sullivan was the architect on a team tasked with providing ADA-compliant accessibility at Paoli Station, which is served by both Amtrak and SEPTA. The Paoli Station accessibility improvements were the first phase of the overall Paoli Intermodal project. The project scope included a new high-level island platform, a pedestrian overpass, stairs, elevators, and development of the surrounding site. Also included in the project was deconstructing, restoring, and relocating a historic entry canopy on the north side of the project site, and repurposing it as covered bicycle storage. Sowinski Sullivan developed a comparison of Amtrak and SEPTA station guidelines to support critical decision making and implemented these decisions through construction documents. The design ensured appropriate site movements for buses, cars, taxis, jitneys, pedestrians, and bicyclists with a goal of creating a safe, convenient, and accessible passenger experience.