Trolley Modernization is a once in a generation opportunity to transform one of the nation’s largest trolley networks, into an accessible, fast, and easy to use system. Trolley Modernization includes new, accessible vehicles that hold more passengers, new on-street stations that are well-marked, safe, and fully accessible, infrastructure and operational improvements to make service faster and more reliable, and proposed line extensions to make it easier for riders to reach more destinations.
Vision and Goals
SEPTA is pursuing a program of new vehicles and enhanced stations to modernize an aging and inaccessible rail system for all to make it:
Goal #1: Accessible
Accessibility is about more than legal compliance. Trolley Modernization will remove barriers to access for all riders—those with disabilities, seniors, small children and their families, new users, and anyone who needs a little more help to get where they are going.
Goal #2: Fast
Trolley Modernization will speed up travel by reducing time stuck in traffic and at red lights, making the boarding process quicker, and creating new stations that take advantage of these improvements.
Goal #3: Easy
Many trolley stops today are simple signs along the sidewalk with few amenities. Trolley Modernization will introduce new stations that make it easy to find, level boarding that makes it easy to get on, and consistent service that makes it easy to get where you are going.
Building a Lifestyle Transit Network
As part of our 12-year capital investment program, we’re making stations accessible, acquiring new vehicles, investing in communications, and upgrading services for our buses, Metro, and rail to deliver on our vision of easy to use, frequent, and integrated transit.
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