Remember when Amtrak told us we were getting fancy new “next generation” high-speed trains?
The transportation organization released the paint scheme for the trains today – and they’re looking pretty sleek: Read more »
You know those fancy $6.5 billion renovations coming to 30th Street Station? Apparently they’re going to take a little longer than anticipated – because of Amazon.
Amtrak has postponed its search for a developer for the 30th Street Station District Plan as city officials eye a nearby University City plot as the potential campus for Amazon’s second headquarters. Read more »
It’s been a big summer for beer gardens in Philly, with nearly 40 pop-ups and other spots in the city and the suburbs serving up al fresco sips this year. We’ve seen the good — the trend spread to new neighborhoods by local business owners who present the beer garden concept as a family-friendly community gathering space. We’ve also seen the bad — like drunken fisticuffs (and a subsequent shutdown) at the Comcast Center’s Center City Sips location.
But now, a little more good outdoor drinking news to close out the season: The Porch at 30th Street Station’s long-awaited beer garden, Pub at the Porch, has its grand opening tonight.
When will Philadelphia’s transportation wars end? Ridesharing services Uber and Lyft aren’t the best of friends. The taxicab industry hates them both. And the PPA is the PPA.
It must be time for Amtrak to get involved.
Following Amtrak’s announcement last week of a partnership with Lyft that will allow railway passengers to seamlessly request cars from the station at the end of their ride, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported on Wednesday that Amtrak’s 30th Street Station is among the involved locations.
As of now, the partnership simply means a new button within the Amtrak app that links directly to Lyft’s, but both have hinted that they are looking to further collaborate in the future. The move will likely boost profits for Lyft, as rides to transit stations account for up to 25 percent of the transportation network company’s (TNC) activity in major U.S. cities.
While a simple app-to-app link seems like a harmless move, concerns were raised about the legality of the partnership’s presence in Philadelphia and the responsibility of the PPA to monitor it. Act 164, signed last year by governor Tom Wolf, outlines Philly-specific limits to TNC-Amtrak relationships. Read more »
The giant flipboard that’s sat in the center of 30th Street Station for three decades and faithfully alerted passengers of train departures is being phased out for a newer, digital model.
Milkhouse, the grilled cheese, fries and more emporium is set to open its third location. This Milkhouse will be inside 30th Street Station at the former Ben & Jerry’s kiosk, behind Saxby’s. Like the Milkhouse locations inside Suburban Station and at 37 South 19th Street, the 30th Street Station location will offer the full Milkhouse menu of:
Owner Tommy Guest tells us that he’s on schedule to open before the Democratic National Convention steams into town. The Milkhouse kiosk at 30th Street Station will be open seven days a week, the hours are still being worked out.
Milkhouse – 30th Street Station [Foobooz]
The figure was tossed out rather casually in the course of yesterday’s formal unveiling of the two-years-in-the-making master development plan for the area surrounding 30th Street Station in University City, but it represents the largest single bet yet placed on the future of Philadelphia.
The parties involved — Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT, SEPTA, and a slew of elected officials and community groups — have put their chips down on a project that has many moving parts and will play out over the course of decades.
As we’ve seen plans almost as ambitious as this one go up in smoke (anyone here remember River City?), it’s only logical that we should ask what its chances for completion are. Herewith are my own odds for the plan’s key components and the overall chances that the plan will be fully realized sometime in our or our children’s lifetimes. Read more »
This morning, Amtrak, SEPTA and Drexel University officials unveiled plans for a massive transformation of the area around 30th Street Station.
The massive, multi-decade 30th Street Station District Plan would, when completed, turn the area around 30th Street Station into a second downtown for Philadelphia focused on the second-busiest station in the Amtrak system. That station, transformed into a multimodal transportation hub for the region, would serve as the linchpin of the planned development.
New office, retail and residential buildings containing 18 million square feet of total space and 40 acres of open space would be created under the plan, with most of the development privately financed. A total of $2 billion in public investment would leverage an additional $4.5 billion in private investment. These figures are on top of the $3.5 billion Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust have already pledged to see the Schuylkill Yards development, which Drexel President John Fry described as “a down payment” on the plan at this morning’s public unveiling, to completion. Read more »
One of the more contentious events of last spring was the debut of the Porch 2.0 at 30th Street Station without its lineup of rotating food trucks. The food trucks were a big part of making the University City District’s placemaking experiment a success in 2014. But last year the improvement district decided to give exclusive vending rights to Michael Schulson who set up a rotisserie food and beer truck at the space. But now, as Danya Heninger reports, the rotating cast of food trucks will return.
Look for a breakfast truck and two lunch trucks on weekdays with the possibility of a dinner truck as well. Look for more details to (ahem) roll out in the next few weeks.
As for how the food truck community views the return of food trucks to 30th Street and the Porch, vocal opponent of the 2015 plan, Spot Burger’s Josh Kim called it, a “big win for the little guys.”