Petition: SEPTA, Fix the Route 15 Trolleys!

UPDATE: SEPTA spokespeople have said that SEPTA is committed to restoring the Route 15 trolleys after some planned construction projects finish next year. We've been down this road before with other trolley routes though, so it's important to keep the pressure on and keep contacting your elected officials.

Read SEPTA's comments to Philly Mag, and WHYY's coverage of this issue. Original petition with updates is after the jump.

SEPTA is planning to pull the Route 15 trolleys from service at the end of January for planned construction projects, and due to deferred maintenance issues with 78% of the fleet. They now say they'll be bringing the PCCs back when construction is over—a very positive sign!—but there are still big questions that need to be answered.

Please sign and share this petition calling on SEPTA and local officials to commit to high-quality trolley service on Girard Ave!


5th Square has learned that a bridge replacement project on West Girard will require the trolleys to be replaced with buses for at least a year. But SEPTA’s maintenance crews have also been directed for years to defer maintenance on the trolleys, and with as much as 78% of the fleet
 expected to fail inspection, they’ll all be pulled off the road as of Sunday.

In the best-case scenario, SEPTA must repair the PCC trolleys and have them ready to go when the construction projects tying up trolley service are over.

SEPTA should also use this time to begin the long-awaited but unfunded
Trolley Modernization project, which could bring modern, brand-new trolleys with full accessibility to Girard Ave. However, given the coincidental timing of these issues, it’s also easy for management to justify “temporarily suspending” trolley service indefinitely. This happened back in 1992 with the original Routes 15, 23, and 56, and it took 13 years and over $100 million for the Route 15 trolleys to come back. Routes 23 and 56 are still waiting.

While trolley modernization is a great idea on paper, it can’t go anywhere without a firm plan to buy new trolleys. Otherwise, the only option left is to gradually scrap the rest of them as they break down, including those in West Philly, leaving riders with slower and more crowded buses. 

We need SEPTA, Mayor Kenney, and City Council members with Route 15 service (Darrell Clarke, Mark Squilla, Jamie Gauthier, Curtis Jones, and Bobby Henon) to support world-class trolley service that is fast, accessible, and environmentally sustainable. We also need our elected officials to leverage their control of City streets by putting transit riders first.


After you sign and share this petition, make sure to contact SEPTA and City Hall and demand (politely!) that they:

- Fix the PCC trolleys and perform the needed maintenance

- Immediately resume and maintain existing Route 15 trolleys after bridge replacement

- Support SEPTA’s trolley modernization project to the fullest extent

- Ensure frequent, uncrowded, and reliable bus service during substitution with active monitoring

If done right, SEPTA’s trolley modernization program can dramatically improve conditions for 2.5 million yearly Route 15 riders, and set the standard for future transit improvements in Philadelphia. Transit riders need your help! Contact SEPTA/City Hall and tell them you want them to fix the Route 15 trolleys!

Route 15 trolley supporters who are able to attend should also come to SEPTA's next Board meeting on January 23rd at 3 PM at the 1234 Market office, and call on the Board to commit to bringing back trolley service on Girard Ave. RSVP here and you'll receive an email with talking points and instructions for Thursday's meeting.

RSVP for Thursday's Board meeting:

Contact your representatives:


Mayor Kenney | | (215) 686-2181

Council District 5 | | (215) 686-3442

Council District 1 | | (215) 686-3458

Council District 3 | | (215) 686-0459

Council District 4 | | (215) 686-3416

Council District 6 | | (215) 686-3444

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  • Brian Kraemer
    signed 2020-08-27 15:22:31 -0400
  • James Sanchez
    signed 2020-04-28 23:17:58 -0400
    Nobody gets rid of Trolleys anymore, this a very backward decision. I am from the Philly area originally and use Septa, I found the route 15 trolley line to be the crown Jewel of the system. The locals love it and it helped renew many of the neighborhoods around it. SEPTA needs to get out of it’s 1950’s era anti Trolley mindset and start expanding Trolley/lightrail routes like the rest of the world! I do not want this become like the Route 23 Trolley which my mother used to commute on to work.
  • Luke Finley
    signed 2020-04-01 10:19:57 -0400
    Luke Finley
  • Ryan Novosielski
    signed 2020-02-17 03:42:38 -0500
  • John Schell
    signed 2020-02-12 21:59:23 -0500
  • Levi Dillon
    signed 2020-02-10 15:22:53 -0500
  • Chris Soffientini
    signed 2020-02-09 19:46:41 -0500
  • Betzoley Steegers
    signed 2020-02-05 14:47:11 -0500
  • Joe McDonald
    signed 2020-02-02 13:55:56 -0500
  • Sean Hogan
    signed 2020-01-29 20:39:43 -0500
    I miss old Philadelphia
  • John H
    signed 2020-01-28 21:53:33 -0500
  • Ed M
    signed 2020-01-28 21:52:17 -0500
  • Alaina Porreca
    signed 2020-01-27 18:49:14 -0500
  • Horace Robinson
    signed 2020-01-26 16:00:19 -0500
    Please save route 15
  • Evelyn Haas
    signed 2020-01-26 12:30:00 -0500
  • Caroline Carney
    signed 2020-01-25 22:09:30 -0500
  • Rebecca Rabinowitz
    signed 2020-01-25 15:18:46 -0500
    Septa ought to bring back trolley service on other routes it’s abandoned as well.
  • raymond probst
    signed 2020-01-25 15:08:08 -0500
  • Andrew Feldman
    signed 2020-01-25 09:13:30 -0500
  • Walter Madhu
    signed 2020-01-25 00:20:24 -0500
    Route 15 should remain as a trolley route
  • Christopher Baldwin
    signed 2020-01-24 23:19:18 -0500
    Born and raised in Wilmington Delaware, and one of the major draws to me coming back to visit is the Franklin institute, and ROUTE 15 TROLLEYS. It’s bigger than you think. Do the right thing, SEPTA. Look to Boston if you need an example of the outcry of trying to bustitute a route.
  • Cora Sowa
    signed 2020-01-24 23:15:22 -0500
  • bob sherwood
    signed 2020-01-24 18:32:32 -0500
  • Gregory Tobias
    signed 2020-01-24 18:16:57 -0500
  • William Mayo
    signed 2020-01-24 18:11:00 -0500
    Yes please bring back the trolleys they are a awesome thing to still see
  • Jon Bartell
    signed 2020-01-24 16:58:34 -0500
  • Jack Cassidy
    signed 2020-01-24 16:13:21 -0500
  • Tibet Scherwitzl
    signed 2020-01-24 14:36:34 -0500
  • Frank Bartell
    signed 2020-01-24 14:34:59 -0500
  • David Güldenpfennig
    signed 2020-01-24 13:43:44 -0500