Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID)
Master Plan

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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    Many of Philadelphia’s inner-city rail stations are underutilized and physically disconnected from surrounding neighborhoods. This diagram illustrates the large amounts of land vacant around two problem stations, the 46th Street Station (left) and the Temple Station (middle) in contrast with the more successful Center City Station (right).

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    Through phased planning and construction over the next 20 years, the Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Master Plan will implement innovative landscape design strategies to reconnect each station with its larger community. The plan also leverages these stations’ high levels of regional connectivity to spur new urban growth and create a more sustainable city.

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    New brightly-painted bike lanes and tree-lined sidewalks help make access to the Temple Station safer and more convenient. Trees and shrubs fill vacant lots and make the road-side scenery more inviting for potential transit users.

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    The pathway leading to the 46th Street Station is lined with brightly-colored rain gardens. This “green gateway” enhances pedestrian access to the station while also collecting and filtering stormwater.

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    Adjacent to the Temple Station, a defunct rail bridge shouldering the sidewalk is transformed into a tree nursery, a place to locally grow trees for future planting on nearby streets. By reusing the structure rather than demolishing it, costs and construction waste are reduced.

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    At the doorstep of the 46th Street Station, a new linear park functions as a multi-purpose civic space that hosts a variety of cultural events, including outdoor movies and farmers markets. By drawing people into this once-abandoned area, the park creates new opportunities for local businesses.

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    A green roof adjacent to the Temple Station creates rare urban green space that helps foster a more livable community. The roof sits between two new mixed use buildings that have brought new jobs and businesses to the struggling local economy.

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    The plan integrates recreation space into the design of the 46th Street Station. This one-mile long running track circles a large city block and creates much-needed athletic space for several local schools and the broader community.

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Project Facts

  • The TRID Master Plan is a 20-year phased development program that seeks to improve connections between two underused rail stations and surrounding neighborhoods in Philadelphia.
  • The plan’s main goal is to improve access to public transit by redesigning entrances to two key train stations, and adding new bike lanes and tree-lined sidewalks that make commuters feel safer. Rain gardens, parks, and green roofs along key corridors leading to the stations add much-needed community green space.
  • The plan also promotes transit-oriented development (TOD) by reimagining the landscape around these stations. More than 2,000 units of housing, 175,000 square feet of retail space, 120,000 square feet of office space, and a new technology center will be added.
  • TRID was commissioned and funded by a community-based non-profit organization called Neighborhoods Now.
  • After completion of the TRID plan, the Temple Regional Rail Station was awarded a $1 million grant from the Home Depot Foundation and $2.4 million grant from the State of Pennsylvania for sustainable transportation infrastructure development. Implemention is moving forward at Temple Regional Rail and 46th Street stations.