Interface Studio

    Transit Revitalization Investment District Plan
    Philadelphia, PA

    The State of Pennsylvania Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) legislation provides cities with enhanced tools to plan, finance and implement transit-oriented development initiatives. The Department of Community and Economic Development, through the non-profit Neighborhoods Now, funded Philadelphia’s first TRID plans targeting two areas, each within a half-mile distance of a transit station – the 46th Street Station on the Market-Frankford line in West Philadelphia and the Temple Regional Rail Station in North Philadelphia. Interface Studio, working with transportation planners, economists and a community outreach coordinator, led the planning and design process for each station.

    Strategies addressed “The Basics” such as lighting and signage and identified opportunities for new development according to an extensive data-driven analysis. A potential 20-year development program for both stations includes over 2,000 units of housing, approximately 175,000 square feet of retail and 120,000 square feet of office space, a new technology center, streetscape improvements and new park space. Supporting transportation improvements addressed the need to increase transit ridership but focused equally on ways to encourage better use of the bus system and promote more walking and biking.

    Interface developed ideas for a range of new civic spaces to infuse the stations and their surrounding communities with added vitality. A series of raingardens and targeted landscape improvements frame the entry to each station. Unused sidewalks around a superblock at the 46th Street Station were re-designed to accommodate a running track that would provide a local resource for nearby schools and recreation centers (nearly a one-mile loop). At the Temple Regional Rail Station, a vacant rail viaduct was envisioned as a tree nursery – a place to grow more trees locally for future planting on nearby streets.

    After completion of the plan, the Temple Regional Rail Station was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation for greening and a $2,400,000 grant from the State of Pennsylvania for infrastructure improvements. In addition, new developments are moving forward at both stations including Enterprise Heights at the 46th Street Station, a privately funded student housing project at Temple, and a mixed income development led by the APM CDC also at Temple. A stakeholder committee of City agencies, community non-profits, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), University representatives, and business owners are meeting regularly to coordinate implementation activities.

    The TRID Plan received a 2010 Professional Honor Award for Analysis and Planning from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).

    Client: Neighborhoods Now

    Project Team: Econsult Coporation, Jaskiewicz Transport International, V. Lamar Wilson Associates