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 expected to be completed in 2017.
Improvements are being led by PennDOT with additional funding by Amtrak, the City of Harrisburg, and the Harrisburg Redevelopment Authority.