SEPTA, Trolley Modernization Project

SEPTA, Trolley Modernization Project

Project Overview

Manufactured by Kawasaki during the Reagan administration, SEPTA’s current trolleys have now reached the end of their useful lifecycle. The current 53-foot, 112 car system will now be replaced by an 80-foot, 120 new car system that will hold nearly twice as many people. This complete overhaul is known as SEPTA’s Trolley Modernization project, aiming to transform Philadelphia’s current system into a new state-of-the-art light rail system.

Along with the much-needed car upgrades taking effect throughout West Philadelphia, Center City, Girard Avenue and Delaware County (Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, and 36), SEPTA is also aiming to install station and stop upgrades to meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Additional upgrades include extending current curbs to form station platforms, promoting designated bike lanes, and to form islands to allow for automobile traffic to get around newly proposed trolley stops.

For this project, Envision conducted site visits to individual stop locations along each trolley route (Philadelphia & Delaware County), identifying existing conditions, taking photographs, and compiling various distance measurements. Envision created numerous GIS datasets (traffic signals, curb cuts, stop signs, etc.) and created ridership maps, station recommendation workshop exercise maps, and other mapping outputs of various scales and spatial extents.

The project team also gathered input from stakeholders to identify trolley stop location alternatives. With stakeholder input, Envision created graphic analysis renderings for each route’s outbound and inbound trolley stop alternatives. Lastly, the culmination from pre and post trolley route workshop information resulted in the creation of a Stop Analysis Document for each trolley route as well.

Project Information

Owner The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
Project Start June 2018
Project End December 2018
Project Cost $1.1 B
Envision’s Role
  • GIS
  • Graphic Design
  • Public Outreach
  • Stakeholder Outreach