Trolley Tunnel Blitz to begin Friday, July 13

July 5, 2018

That time of year is coming up when SEPTA trolley riders will have to switch from trolley to subway when traveling to Center City. SEPTA’s annual Center City trolley tunnel maintenance project, “Trolley Tunnel Blitz,” is scheduled for 10 days this year – from July 13 to July 23.

Due to power, track and station improvement projects in the tunnel that runs between the 40th and 13th Street stations, SEPTA Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 will not operate in the tunnel from 10 p.m. on Friday, July 13, through 4 a.m. on Monday, July 23. Trolley service will begin and end at 40th and Market Streets, and trolleys will use their alternate diversion service routing to connect to SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line at 40th and Market Streets. Trolley passengers can board the Market-Frankford Line at 40th Street Station for travel to-and-from Center City, as the work efforts will not affect that service.

This is the fifth consecutive summer SEPTA has held the Trolley Tunnel Blitz. During this year’s tunnel closure, members of SEPTA’s in-house Engineering, Maintenance & Construction Division crews will work around-the-clock on key maintenance and construction tasks throughout the five-mile, single loop Center City tunnel.

7 Comments For This Post

  1. Ben Says:

    Suggestion: The 64 bus will take you to the 46 St. El Stop. This is much faster than taking the trolley to the 40th Street El Stop, though it will cost you $1 extra for the transfer to take the bus. The 64 runs N on 49th St. from Woodland to Baltimore, then N. on 48th Street from Baltimore to Chestnut, then jogs over to the El stop. Also, it stops running around 9.30 at night.

  2. Ben Says:

    For those closer to 52nd street, the 52 bus will take you to the 52 St. El stop and is a very reliable bus that runs regularly.

  3. Ben again Says:

    One more tip (sorry for the multiple posts): if you DO take the trolley, you can get off at 40 and Spruce and walk up to 40 and Market rather than staying on for the long slow trip up 38th Street and back around to 40th St.

  4. contrarian cancerian Says:

    OMG! Ben seriously? You’re like Mr. Slepta.

  5. LW Says:

    >contrarian cancerian

    You mean, nothing happens forever, and then three come along together?


  6. contrarian cancerian Says:

    @LW – I was referring to the alternative routes. Perhaps, having taken Septa my entire life, I take it for granted; but this is a big city, alternative ways to navigate should be taken for granted.

  7. James Says:

    Is it true that this week only the trolleys will leave people off at 40th and Market and they will get free access to MFL?

Follow us on Instagram


Follow Us:


Upcoming Events