Through a unique public-private partnership with SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and neighborhood stakeholders, UCD has raised $2.1 million to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal, the busiest at-grade rail station in the city. By combining great urban design, infrastructure renewal and community engagement, UCD will transform the space from a blighted and unsafe place into a vibrant and social space featuring beautiful landscaping, movable seating, and a new restaurant that serves as a community asset for thousands of neighbors, commuters and local employees. This investment in transit-oriented green development – which uses cutting-edge storm water management techniques – will increase transit ridership, serve University City’s residents and employees, and build upon UCD’s track record of enhancing underutilized assets for the benefit of the local economy and residents. 

Within the area entirely surrounded by tracks, the enhancements will rationalize pedestrian circulation, replacing impervious surfaces with lush wildflower meadow-like mounds with native plant species and cultivars chosen for their ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators. The mounds will be partially bounded by seat walls, creating a comfortable place to sit while waiting for the trolleys.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Davis, Director of Development at 215-243-555 x226 or [email protected].


*renderings by Andropogon Associates

40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens