Emphasis on comfort and security mark the design of Philadelphia's Market East Station, part of the midtown tunnel project which allows commuter trains to traverse the center city rather than terminating at stub-end terminals. To overcome psychological barriers, as much natural light as possible is allowed to enter the station through street-level windows and skylights, as well as making station spaces visible to pedestrians outside. TV cameras also cover the station, monitored by police from a central location. Materials were chosen to be maintenance free, easily cleaned and graffiti resistant. A tile landscape mural extends the length of the station. Illumination levels are designed to vary between daytime and night. Temperatures, ventilation and noise levels are also carefully controlled. Passenger information is provided by electronic signing devices. The subway station was a cut-and-cover construction, complicated by the requirement that the elevated train shed of the former Reading Terminal need be preserved as a historic landmark. The Commuter Rail Connection is now an integral part of the commuter train services of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

  • Authors:
    • Hoffmann, P S
  • Publication Date: 1985-1-2

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  • Accession Number: 00395242
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Reprint
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM