LocationWayne Junction, Philadelphia, PA, USA
OwnerSoutheastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
EngineerSoutheastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
ContractorSEPTA Maintenance Group
The Wayne Junction station is a SEPTA regional rail station located in North Philadelphia. It serves as a multi-modal transfer point between six of SEPTA’s regional rail lines and three transit routes. The station consists of two island platforms serving 4 tracks that sit on a gentle curve. The existing platforms are constructed of reinforced concrete.
In 2020, SEPTA decided to replace approximately 90 feet of deteriorated concrete platform with FRP platform panels. The project would address the deficient concrete panels and serve as a demonstration project to evaluate the installation methods and performance of the lightweight FRP platform panels. SEPTA’s Engineering Group developed the FRP panel layout consisting of 9 panels that were placed side-by-side on the longitudinal concrete foundation walls.
A SEPTA maintenance crew removed the badly deteriorated concrete platforms and installed the new lightweight FRP platforms over two weekend shutdowns. FRP panels were fabricated with a crowned profile and with curved edges to match the track alignment. The FRP panels were delivered to the station with the shop applied non-slip overlay and tactile warning tiles eliminating extra steps after placing the FRP panels.
The FRP panels weighed less than 2,500 lb enabling the SEPTA maintenance crews to use smaller erection equipment. The project was completed on schedule and represents SEPTA’s first use of lightweight, corrosion resistant FRP platforms.
Platform Area = 480 SF
Typical Panel Dimensions = 10’ x 16’
Typical Panel Weight = 10-12 psf