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Route 15 trolleys to be replaced by buses starting this Sunday as 12-18 month maintenance project begins

January 22, 2020

A Route 15 trolley decorated for the holidays. (Photo courtesy of SEPTA)

SEPTA  will suspend 15 trolley service beginning Sunday, Jan. 26 for 12 to 18 months due to ongoing trolley car maintenance issues and road projects. Bus service will be offered during this time, according to SEPTA.

Most of the 73-year-old Route 15 trolleys are aging fast, according to SEPTA. Only four out the 18 cars used on the route are in good working order. The 18 historic green-and-tan cars were rebuilt during the first Route 15 trolley service suspension (due to budget cuts), which lasted from 1992 until 2005.

Route 15 serves over 8,200 riders each day, according to SEPTA.

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SEPTA holiday service for December 24 – January 1

December 20, 2019

Due to the holidays, SEPTA buses, trains and trolleys will have some service changes or special schedules beginning Tuesday, Dec. 24 on the following days:

Tuesday, Dec. 24: City transit routes will operate on a Modified Weekday schedule.

Wednesday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day): Buses, trains, and trolleys will operate on a Sunday schedule due to the holiday.

Thursday – Friday, Dec. 26 – 27: Buses, trains, and trolleys will operate on a Modified Weekday schedule.  Continue Reading

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SEPTA, officials celebrate completion of Woodland Ave. Bridge Replacement Project

September 9, 2019

On Monday morning, SEPTA, local officials, including mayor Jim Kenney, and community members gathered on Woodland Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets to celebrate the completion of the Woodland Avenue Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge, which carries SEPTA Trolley Routes 11 and 36, and crosses the Media/Elwyn Regional Rail Line, has been fully replaced.

The bridge was originally built in the 1920s and had severely deteriorated due to age, weather and traffic. SEPTA partnered with the City of Philadelphia and PennDOT to manage the design and construction of the replacement bridge. Funding for the $7.3 million project was made possible by Act 89 of 2013, which has provided a large funding source for transportation infrastructure improvement projects throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The project began in Spring 2018 and was completed last month. Both trolley lines and street traffic were detoured during construction.

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N2N Festival, feat. Salt-N-Pepa, is this Saturday; Move your car if you’re parked near Cedar Park

September 6, 2019

If you have a car parked along Baltimore Avenue between 49th and 51st Streets, you should move. Same goes for 50th and 51st from Pentridge to Catharine. Cars should be moved by 11 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6. or they will be towed, according to police.

All of this is for the N2N Festival in Cedar Park this Saturday, Sept. 7, featuring Salt-N-Pepa.

Cars can be parked again on those streets starting 12 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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Woodland Avenue Bridge reconstruction project completed; Trolleys 11, 36 to resume regular service this Wednesday

August 27, 2019

After more than a year of detours and shuttle bus service due to the Woodland Avenue Bridge reconstruction project at 47th and Woodland, SEPTA is set to resume regular service for trolley routes 11 and 36. The project has been completed, and the trolleys will resume regular operation on Woodland Ave. between 49th St. and Chester Ave. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, SEPTA has announced.

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Spruce Street closures starting this Saturday for Penn’s student move-ins

August 16, 2019

The University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety has announced the following closures of Spruce Street to accommodate students moving into dorms for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Saturday, Aug. 17:
From 34th Street to 38th Street: 6:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 20:
From 34th to 38th: 6:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 21:
From 34th to 38th: 6:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 24:
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