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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  • Chris Kucewicz
    signed 2021-10-16 10:45:06 -0400
  • Mark House
    signed 2021-10-03 09:39:45 -0400
  • Christina Willis
    signed 2021-09-11 17:01:48 -0400
  • Walter Madhu
    signed 2021-08-31 01:14:42 -0400
  • Chris Kucewicz
    signed 2021-08-01 00:14:20 -0400
  • Mickey Moorhead
    signed 2021-07-02 17:30:43 -0400
  • John Hobbs
    signed 2021-06-29 11:34:18 -0400
  • Brandon Tubby
    signed 2021-02-22 10:39:30 -0500
  • Raymond Margolis
    signed 2021-02-02 21:45:16 -0500
    Keep The History Alive, Other Cities Like San Fransico Brought Trolleys From our City @ run them downtown. Why Did we Tear Up All The Lines Around Independence Hall, How Great It Would Have Been to See Trolleys Around Historical Independence Hall With The Old Red Brick Streets. Its A crying Shame This City Does Not Persevere History Instead We Destroy it ! SAVE THE ROUTE 15 TROLLEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Taking The RT. 56 Trolley Out Of Service Was Another Brillant Move! Whats Wrong With HISTORY!!!!!!!
  • Markus Wellner
    signed 2021-02-02 03:46:31 -0500
    Bring the trolleys back on track. Philly has one of the few original american streetcar systems. This should also seen as a kind of an historic monument and made usable and comfortable for the future too.
  • Levi Dillon
    signed 2021-01-23 10:02:25 -0500
  • Joseph Cerasi
    signed 2021-01-05 11:36:33 -0500
  • Jeremiah Igiozee
    signed 2021-01-03 02:47:33 -0500
  • Liam Costello
    signed 2021-01-01 14:36:55 -0500
    Cities all over the US are scrambling to build new streetcar lines and don’t have the money to do so. SEPTA has a network of existing trolley lines and they want to discontinue them! Idiotic! Reinstate this important transit resource! And while you’re at it, why don’t you start working on reinstating the trolley lines you idiotically abandoned in the 80s and 90s!
  • James Ray
    signed 2020-12-30 06:37:47 -0500
  • 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
  • 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