SEPTA Takes Step to Buy New Trolley Cars

Philadelphia’s trolley cars are being set to be replaced.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority last week issued a request for proposals to replace the trolley fleet.

The RFP is a step toward acquiring new cars and a major step of the agency’s trolley modernization plan, SEPTA said in news release.

One goal of the program is make the trolleys more accessible with higher capacity, wider pathways, improved messaging systems and open space for those with wheelchairs and strollers.

Most existing trolleys were constructed in the 1980s.

The project also will seek to build new on-street stations and rebuild underground stations to make them more accessible.

SEPTA has eight trolley routes operating over 68 miles of track to connect Philadelphia and Delaware County with the region’s two largest employment and health care centers.

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