For the Democratic conventioneers, SEPTA will spruce up the dilapidated subway and trolley stations and concourses beneath City Hall.
However, the long-delayed, $150-million overhaul of the City Hall Station and 15th Street Station won't happen until after the convention, SEPTA officials said Thursday.
The subways will get cosmetic improvements this summer, in time for Pope Francis' visit, and will be touched up again in 2016 before the Democrats arrive.
That work will include resurfacing the City Hall station platform, painting the walls, and improving the lighting in the concourses and stations.
The Broad Street Line, which will move thousands of conventioneers between Center City and the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, will get "targeted heavy maintenance" between the Race-Vine Station and the southern end of the line at AT&T Station.
Similar work, including painting and graffiti-removal, will be done along the Market-Frankford Line from 2nd Street Station to 30th Street Station.
SEPTA last month announced plans to remake the subterranean complex beneath City Hall, starting next year and lasting until 2020.
The planned start of work in 15th Street Station in March or April of 2016 now will likely be delayed until the Democrats leave town, to avoid interfering with the out-of-town visitors, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said Thursday.
The massive overhaul of the century-old 15th Street station on the Market-Frankford Line and the 87-year-old City Hall station on the Broad Street line will make the stations roomier, brighter, and cleaner, and equip them with elevators to make them fully accessible.