The newly reconstructed Levittown Train Station is officially open for business. The upgrade includes a pedestrian overpass, better parking, and other modern additions.
Federal, state, and local officials joined SEPTA at the Levittown station Thursday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Each touched on a different aspect of the station’s history, reconstruction, or future.
State Rep John Galloway said the immediate area surrounding the train station deteriorated for decades after the departure of US Steel. But now the Levittown Shopping Center is active with a new face, and the train station is reborn.
“For the longest time this train station was a symbol of the decline of Levittown. And today this whole area is now a symbol of its rebirth.”
The Levittown Station also serves a wider purpose, connecting New Jersey to Pennsylvania with the Trenton Line Regional Rail.
SEPTA General manager Jeff Knueppel, who is leaving at the end of this year, spoke about the transformation.
“I want to thank everyone who shared our vision to turn an aging station into a modern intermodal transportation complex,” Kneuppel began. “And I could not be more proud to unveil the transformed Levittown station this morning.”
Kneuppel also made sure to point out the newly reconstructed station focused on ADA compliance. The new features, like ramps and elevators, allow people with disabilities to access the regional rail with relative ease. A pedestrian bridge overpass allows people to cross the tracks in any weather.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick also took to the podium. He spoke about the 4-to-1 ratio, which shows for each dollar spent on infrastructure, there is a quadruple return.
“Infrastructure spending is not an expense, it is an investment,” Fitzpatrick said. “And it’s not even limited to the economy. This is an environmental protector, cutting down congestion on the roadways and emissions. It’s a public safety issue. Rail travel is much safer than car travel. And it’s also serving our community with disabilities.”
Tullytown Mayor J. David Cutchineal also spoke briefly. Cutchineal recognized Coucilwoman Mary Ann Gahagan, Councilman Matt Pirolli, and Coordinator Andy Warren.
“I was going to tell some stories about the tunnel, but they’re better left unsaid,” Cutchineal joked. “Thank you for having me.”
Several other officials spoke, including:
- State Sen. Steve Santarsiero
- County Commissioner Chairman Rob Loughery & County Commissioner Charlie Martin
- State Rep. Gene DiGirolamo