SEPTA is preparing for a once-in-a-generation replacement of its trolley fleet. More than a simple vehicle replacement, the Trolley Modernization program will fundamentally change the way SEPTA's eight trolley routes operate.
Trolley Modernization will require SEPTA to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on its trolley routes. Beyond legal compliance, new trolleys offer opportunities to improve operational performance and passenger experience. New vehicles will also trigger changes to the streetscape, stations, and maintenance facilities.
The draft report (issued in May of 2018) presents conceptual designs for modern trolley stations on routes 101 and 102 in Delaware County. The designs build upon DVRPC's 2017 Modern Trolley Station Design Guide (Pub. #15014), which focused on SEPTA's six City Transit division trolley routes (Routes 10, 11, 13, 34, and 36).