Posts Tagged ‘William H. Gray III’

Sign Placed Renaming 30th Street Station

July 5, 2019

Signs are going up noting that Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station has been renamed for the late William H. Gray III.

Gray, was a member of Congress from Philadelphia between 1979 and 1991.

The first sign at the station honoring Gray was installed on June 27 and a second will soon be placed.

A 2014 act of Congress renamed the facility as the William H Gray III 30th Street Station.

Plans also include the installation of  a statue of Gray and a memorial plaque.

Officials have not determined yet where those will be placed.

Gray, who was the first African American to chair the House Budget Committee and serve as majority whip, the third-ranking position in the House, died six years ago at age 71.

He helped raise millions of dollars to renovate 30th Street Station in the 1980s.

Amtrak to Rename Philly 30th Street Station

October 11, 2017

After a delay of three years, Amtrak has told a Pennsylvania senator that it will move ahead on renaming 30th Street Station in Philadelphia as William H. Gray 30th Street Station.

Senator Bob Casey made the announcement after meeting with Amtrak co-CEO Richard H. Anderson.

“I was encouraged by my recent meeting with Amtrak leadership about Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station,” Casey said in a statement. “For the first time, Amtrak has committed to implementing the 2014 federal law renaming the station in honor of the late Congressman William H. Gray, III.”

The name change was mandated in legislation approved in August 2014.

Amtrak has never explained why it delayed renaming the station and it is still not saying when the renaming will occur.

Casey and a group of state and city officials held a news conference last week to pressure Amtrak into acting.

Gray died in 2013 and during his time in office helped to raise millions of dollars for SEPTA, a commuter rail agency that uses the station.

Gray also regularly commuted on Amtrak between Philadelphia and Washington.

He was the first African American to chair the House Budget Committee and the first to serve as minority whip, the third highest-ranking position in the U.S. House. Gray represented the 2nd Congressional District from 1979 to 1991.