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Wissahickon Gateway Multi-Modal Improvement Plan

The Wissahickon Gateway is located at the confluence of the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek. It connects East Falls, Wissahickon and Manayunk via Ridge Avenue and Main Street. Many modes of transportation compete for space, but no mode is able to navigate comfortably. 

Pedestrians are exposed to narrow sidewalks, heavy traffic, and a lack of pedestrian-scaled development.  Traffic volume and congestion impeded access to the Wissahickon Transportation Center and potential development sites. The Schuylkill River waterfront is largely inaccessible, a gap interrupts the Schuylkill River Trail, and access to the Wissahickon Valley Park is not optimal.
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission launched a 12-month study to develop preliminary designs and an action plan for immediate and long-term improvements in the area. This study also seeks to understand the development opportunities and constraints of key parcels. Development scenarios will consider optimal site design and density, circulation, trail connections, waterfront access, and environmental constraints.

The ultimate goal is to position the Wissahickon gateway as a multi-modal center anchored by a relocated and expanded Wissahickon Transportation Center and strengthened by new transit-oriented development, waterfront access, street right-of-way improvements, and trail amenities.

Public Outreach
As part of the public outreach effort for the Wissahickon Gateway Plan, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held a public meeting and administered a user survey during the months of October and November 2017.

The survey was designed to ask people how they travel through the Wissahickon Gateway area, their opinion of its current conditions and how they could be improved.  We received a total of 486 responses to the survey. City and SEPTA staff also facilitated a public meeting to gather additional feedback.  85 people attended this meeting.

Our outreach concluded with a public meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., at Downs Hall Auditorium, Jefferson University's East Falls Campus, 3243 W. School House Lane. 

The Philadelphia2035 blog highlights some the key findings of these efforts and provides a link to the full outreach summary. 

Please contact Matt Wysong
Philadelphia City Planning Commission
(215) 683-4650