Members of Congress: Earmark Funding for Trolley Modernization Today

SEPTA’s trolley network is a vital transit lifeline and is critically important to our region’s economic well-being. Unfortunately, the system is slow, mired by delays, unacceptably outdated, and lacks ADA accessibility.

The Philadelphia region deserves reliable, accessible, and frequent trolley service. 

We deserve a fully-modernized trolley network that will better serve Southeastern PA as we recover from the pandemic.

We call on Congress to authorize direct financial support for SEPTA’s Trolley Modernization Project. We are also asking SEPTA to prioritize Trolley Modernization and increase their capital budget investment allocation for this important project.

SEPTA's Trolley Modernization Project deserves funding priority:

  • Current trolley cars have exceeded their useable life and are increasingly unreliable. 
  • Trolley lines among SEPTA's busiest surface routes. 
  • This is a matter of equity, racial justice, and fairness in accessibility.
  • Our region’s trolley neighborhoods deserve a modern system with speedy service. 
  • This project poses economic benefits for both riders and the region at large. 
  • SEPTA desperately needs the funding to accomplish this. 
  • The City of Philadelphia wants this too, putting Trolley Modernization as its top priority for large transit infrastructure spending in its Transit Plan.

Read more details about why SEPTA's Trolley Modernization Project deserves funding priority in our Action Page.

A renewed and modernized trolley system is within reach if Congress brings needed resources.

Imagine a post-pandemic future with a speedy and reliable trolley system, instead of one marred by congestion and delays. Imagine a new fleet of accessible, modern light-rail-style cars ready to serve for decades to come. Imagine a trolley system that’s far more reliable and resilient, giving opportunity and vitality for hundreds of thousands of Southeastern PA residents.

Ask our local members of Congress to earmark federal funding for this important project.

Sign this petition and share it with the tag #FundTrolleyMod

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  • Shaheim Roberts
    signed 2021-03-18 06:23:03 -0400
  • Jesse Smith
    signed 2021-03-18 05:44:35 -0400
  • Ebony Collier
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  • Clayton Colmon
    signed 2021-03-18 01:15:55 -0400
  • Toni Dang
    signed 2021-03-18 00:34:15 -0400
  • Max Temnogorod
    signed 2021-03-18 00:13:41 -0400
  • Doriel Olds
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  • Danny Bracy
    signed 2021-03-17 23:45:34 -0400
  • Michael Miller Jr.
    signed 2021-03-17 23:07:58 -0400
    Wouldn’t that be terrific to bring trolleys back to Route 23 from Chestnut Hill to South Philly? And how about a trolley line on Delaware Ave. (aka Columbus Blvd) as both a tourist attraction in the Penn’s Landing area and all the way up to Port Richmond and down to South Philly?
  • Alex Cox
    signed via 2021-03-17 22:27:56 -0400
  • Janet Greene
    signed 2021-03-17 22:25:18 -0400
  • Sharon Corbin
    signed 2021-03-17 22:03:03 -0400
  • Jon Bartell
    signed 2021-03-17 21:50:52 -0400
  • Jonathan Gold
    signed 2021-03-17 21:39:41 -0400
  • Iris Gold
    signed 2021-03-17 21:37:43 -0400
  • Philip Hensley
    signed 2021-03-17 21:32:42 -0400
  • Christopher Moore
    signed 2021-03-17 21:28:11 -0400
  • Jeffrey Karpinski
    signed 2021-03-17 21:18:39 -0400
  • Craig Todd
    signed via 2021-03-17 21:04:36 -0400
  • Justin Marshall
    signed 2021-03-17 20:59:54 -0400
  • Charity Mead
    signed 2021-03-17 20:54:56 -0400
  • Edyta Zielinska
    signed 2021-03-17 20:54:08 -0400
  • Giacomo DeAnnuntis
    signed 2021-03-17 20:51:39 -0400
  • Robert Wendelgass
    signed 2021-03-17 20:45:50 -0400
  • Matthew Keen
    signed 2021-03-17 20:37:48 -0400
    I use the 34 trolley daily and modernized trolleys with raised platforms would make the route more efficient.
  • Ben Axelson
    signed 2021-03-17 20:15:10 -0400
  • Cole Norgaarden
    signed 2021-03-17 20:07:14 -0400
    I use a SEPTA trolley route (now bus) daily to commute to work and have depended on it throughout the pandemic. We need a modernized trolley that will improve accessibility, safety, reliability and quality of life for passengers while also helping to revitalize our neighborhood corridors!
  • Michael Kleiner
    signed 2021-03-17 20:02:01 -0400
  • Andrew Howe
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  • Shawn Megill Legendre
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