Projects such as upgrading a station, enhancing multimodal access to a station, or improving track move through three major phases: Planning, Design, and Construction. Although each project is different, developing a project from idea through completion generally includes the steps and considerations listed below.

. . . considers a problem from all angles and finds the best idea for solving it.

. . . develops that idea into engineering drawings and specifications.

. . . transforms those drawings into reality.

During the planning phase, PennDOT and its regional partners typically meet with local governments, the public, and other stakeholders such as Amtrak to discuss issues and opportunities related to the project. Improving ADA accessibility and achieving a state of good repair are top priorities. Potential improvements are also considered in light of community revitalization initiatives.


During the design phase, plans are fleshed out in stages to define a project more specifically. The environmental review process is completed and right-of-way is acquired, if necessary. Plans and specifications are developed to provide all the detail constructors need to build the project as envisioned.


Construction of a major project involves numerous trades and contractors who need to accomplish their tasks safely, on schedule, on budget, and within weather constraints. Because the stations remain in operation during construction, vehicle, passenger, and train traffic needs to be safely accommodated.