Posts Tagged ‘SEPTA trolleys’

SEPTA Seeks Comment on Trolley Stations

September 24, 2022

The Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has released design concepts it will implement in creating new trolley stations and modernizing existing trolley stations.

In a news release, SEPTA said the stations will receive level boarding platforms and new signs to make it easier to navigate the trolley system.

Most existing trolley stations are little more than signs along a sidewalk.

As part of the project SEPTA is soliciting public comment through an online survey on such things as the design, colors and lighting for the stations,

Public comment also will be solicited through pop-up and virtual community events.

In an related development, the SEPTA governing board has approved plans to advance major initiatives of the SEPTA Forward plan.

That includes funding for modernization of the trolley system and extending the Norristown High Speed Line by four miles to Kind of Prussia.

The latter has been described by SEPTA as providing a “one-seat” ride from any station along the NHSL, including 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby and Norristown Transportation Center.

The next phase of the King of Prussia extension is land acquisition. The SEPTA board authorized the agency’s staff to begin appraising the properties, determining fair market value, making offers, and reaching an agreement with owners.

Related to that, the SEPTA board approved acquiring 13 acres in southwest Philadelphia for the trolley modernization program.

That property will be used to create a shop that can accommodate the anticipated future fleet of articulated, ADA-accessible trolleys.

SEPTA officials said the property has an existing structure that can be adapted to its use as well as additional land area to support a planned yard and employee parking.

SEPTA’s existing trolley tracks are immediately adjacent to the roadside of the property.

SEPTA Seeking Comment on Trolley Project

July 16, 2022

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is seeking comment from trolley riders on how new and updated stations, cars and stops will look and operate in the future.

The Philadelphia-based public transit agency is conducting the survey through July 24.

The agency also has conducted “pop-up” events at major trolley stations to seek public opinion.

SEPTA’s trolley fleet dates to the 1980s and will be replaced by new vehicles that it said  will be fully accessible to people with disabilities and have higher capacity to move more passengers.

The new cars 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.

Likewise, SEPTA is building on-street stations to serve the new trolleys and rebuilding underground stations to be fully accessible.

The trolley modernization program will extend some trolley lines to key locations to make connections to other SEPTA services easier.

SEPTA Takes Step to Buy New Trolley Cars

May 16, 2022

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.

Devices Were Working Before CSX-SEPTA Crash

February 11, 2022

Safety appliances that protect a crossing at grade of CSX and a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority line were working properly at the time of a December collision of a SEPTA trolley car and a CSX train, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report.

Six people aboard the trolley, including the operator, suffered non life-threatening injuries in the collision, which occurred Dec 9, 2021, in Darby, Pennsylvania.

The NTSB report said the trolley was traveling southeast en route to a station in center city Philadelphia at 13th and Market streets.

The trolley stopped at Main Street and 6th to board and discharge passengers and began to proceed toward the Darby Diamond crossing with CSX.

Although the trolley stopped for the crossing, the gates at the crossing came down on the trolley’s roof and the trolley was close enough to the CSX tracks to be pushed back by the freight train. The trolley did not derail in the process.

The NTSB report said investigators examined the grade crossing, conducted track and equipment inspections, reviewed signal and train control data logs, conducted interviews and obtained image and event recorder data from the lead locomotive of the CSX train and the SEPTA trolley.

NTSB officials said the investigation is continuing and will focus on grade-crossing design, operations and human performance.