Harrisburg Transportation Center is being modernized to improve ADA accessibility, accommodate increased ridership, provide passenger amenities, and bring the 1887 station building into a state of good repair.
The $18 million initiative includes building maintenance and necessary upgrades such as:
- Replacing the aging, leaking, and poorly draining station roofs and associated skylights that have reached the end of their serviceable life;
- Providing public restroom facilities that are accessible, more energy-efficient, and adequate to meet the needs of a larger customer base;
- Improving accessible passenger routes among the public parking areas, adjacent bus shelters, and the station;
- Improving passenger flow through the main waiting area and improving retail options and visibility;
- Enhancing customer amenities in the concourse area and increasing seating opportunities with convenient work and social areas for a diversity of customers;
- Improving security and safety through upgraded facilities for Amtrak police operations;
- Improving the meeting space for visitors and occupants of the Observation Room; and
- Improving commercial office space on the second and third floors of the station by providing larger offices, improved HVAC systems, and technology upgrades.
In a separate but related effort to improve ADA accommodation, Amtrak in 2016 installed a ramp from the lobby to the passenger bridge waiting area, and installed an elevator from the passenger bridge to platform level.
Design of the station state-of-good-repair improvements is slated to be completed by late 2018, with work expected to go out to bid later in 2018 pending agreements.
Improvements are being led by PennDOT with additional funding by Amtrak, the City of Harrisburg, and the Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority.