SEPTA’s 30th Street Station to be Renamed ‘Drexel Station’ in New Partnership

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — SEPTA’s 30th Street Station for the Market-Frankford Line and City Trolleys will soon bear the name of a local academic institution. A newly inked naming rights agreement between SEPTA and Drexel University will transform the station into Drexel Station at 30th Street.

This deal is the latest in SEPTA’s series of station naming rights agreements, a strategic initiative aimed at generating revenue and enhancing the customer experience. The agreement gives Drexel exclusive naming rights for five years.

SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon Sr. expressed his pleasure at the partnership, stating that such agreements help improve service to the communities SEPTA serves while generating much-needed new revenues.

“Drexel University’s name on the station that serves as the gateway for so many of our students, faculty, professional staff, and community partners is a source of pride,” shared Drexel President John Fry. He emphasized the significance of the station that welcomes everyone to University City, an area burgeoning with educational, research, and business development opportunities.

The 30th Street Station is one of SEPTA’s most heavily used transit hubs. It provides access to Center City and University City via multiple transit modes, including the Market-Frankford Line, City Trolley routes, and buses. The William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, offering regional rail service, is also within proximity.

The newly christened Drexel Station at 30th Street, in conjunction with the adjacent Drexel Square, will serve as the welcoming point to Schuylkill Yards. This innovation district, a partnership between Drexel and Brandywine Realty Trust, is part of a $3.5-billion project that began with the opening of Drexel Square in 2019.

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Drexel’s partnerships extend beyond SEPTA and Brandywine Realty Trust. Collaborations with Spark Therapeutics, Gattuso Development Partners, and Wexford Science and Technology aim to bolster neighborhood economic opportunities equitably. New spaces for teaching, learning, working, and conducting research in life sciences and cell and gene therapy are being created just blocks from the station.

SEPTA CEO and General Manager Leslie S. Richards expressed gratitude to Drexel and looked forward to the official unveiling of Drexel Station at 30th Street. The station is currently undergoing renovations, including new elevators, a new headhouse, upgraded lighting, and enhanced safety and security features.

The transformation into Drexel Station, complete with new signage and other enhancements, is expected to be unveiled early next year, marking a new chapter in the longstanding relationship between Drexel University and SEPTA.

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