Delaware River Port Authority, ADA Accessibility for PATCO Stations

The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) is a regional transportation agency that serves as steward for four bridges that cross the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Through PATCO, the DRPA also operates a transit line between Camden County, New Jersey and Center City, Philadelphia.

What did the client need? There were six stations on three levels that had limited passenger access. Some only had stair access at certain points, while others only had elevator access. A viaduct structure posed unique design challenges. DRPA’s goal was to acquire full ADA compliance and accessibility at all six of these stations.

How did Burns meet their goals? Burns developed and designed concepts that were in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at each of the six stations – 12th/13th Street and Locust, City Hall, Collingswood, Westmont, Haddonfield and Ashland. All of the design concepts assessed architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and security implications. Constructability, passenger access and circulation, maintainability, dependability and initial and life cycle costs were major factors considered during concept development. In many cases, the team offered alternatives that also provided improved passenger access and constructability. Once these six stations are completed, the entire PATCO rail system will be fully ADA accessible.

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Location: New Jersey & Pennsylvania
Passenger Rail Stations
Railroad & Transit
Client: Delaware River Port Authority

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