SEPTA is seeking input from Philadelphia and Delaware County trolley riders on how new and updated stations, cars, and stops will look and operate in the future.
The authority is encouraging all riders to participate in a public survey to learn more about the project and share their opinions. The survey is available until July 24. SEPTA is also collecting feedback through “pop-up” events at key trolley stations.
This marks an important step for Trolley Modernization – a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform Philadelphia’s trolley network, which is the largest in the country. In May, SEPTA released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for modern, accessible trolley vehicles to replace the entire existing fleet of trolleys.
The current trolley vehicles have served riders since the 1980s. The new trolleys will be fully accessible to people with disabilities and have higher capacity to move more passengers. The new fleet will have low floors and ramps; wider pathways; audio and visual messaging systems to communicate upcoming stops and service changes; and designated open space for people with wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.
SEPTA is building on-street stations to serve the new trolleys and rebuilding underground stations to be fully accessible. The authority is also making significant operational and infrastructure improvements and extending some trolley lines to key locations to make connections to other SEPTA services easier. SEPTA is working on new and improved maintenance facilities to serve the new fleet.
Funding for Trolley Modernization comes from the recently approved Fiscal Year 2023 Capital Budget and 12-Year Program – a record-breaking plan – the first to break the billion-dollar mark. In addition to Trolley Modernization, this Capital Program advances several other SEPTA Forward initiatives, such as Bus Revolution, King of Prussia Rail, station accessibility, and rail fleet replacements. These projects work together to promote and strengthen regional growth and connect people with opportunity.
For more information about Trolley Modernization, visit planning.septa.org/projects/trolley-modernization/about/. For more information about SEPTA, visit www.septa.org, follow @SEPTA on Twitter, or download the official SEPTA app.