Track Renewal Project Scheduled for Part of SEPTA’s West Philadelphia Trolley Tracks

Work to take place September 18-October 1, 2017

SEPTA will conduct a track renewal project on its trolley tracks located on Spruce Street between 38th and 40th Streets from September 18-October 1, 2017. This portion of track is SEPTA’s trolley diversion route for Routes 11, 13, 34 and 36 and used when street closures and emergencies prevent trolleys from using their regular routing. The construction is not anticipated to affect service on Routes 11, 13, 34 and 36.

Most of the track in this area was last replaced in the 1950s. The street structure supporting the tracks has deteriorated due to weather, traffic and the age of the road surface. SEPTA will excavate and replace approximately 1,100 track feet and repave the track area. The new track will result in reduced sound and vibration because the new rail is incased in an insulated rubber boot. The new and improved track components will make for a smoother and quieter ride.

During the project, Spruce Street through lanes between 38th and 40th Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, with the exception of emergency vehicles and trash pick-up. Parking will not be permitted in the area or adjacent to the tracks being reconstructed, however, exceptions will be made for those with special needs. Walking access for businesses will be arranged.

Normal construction hours will be Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekend work may be required to maintain the project schedule.

For more information, click here or call SEPTA Customer Service at (215) 580-7800.