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 Unfortunately, the system is slow, mired by delays, unacceptably outdated, and lacks ADA accessibility.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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  • Andrea Adeshigbin
    signed via 2021-03-17 19:53:30 -0400
    There is no reason for any part of Septa to not be ADA accessible.
  • Fred Pohl
    signed 2021-03-17 19:39:54 -0400
    its time SEPTA And also need to reveive the ones they got rid of
  • Luke Mills
    signed 2021-03-17 19:36:48 -0400
  • J Scott Clinton
    signed 2021-03-17 19:31:42 -0400
  • Nick Harvey
    signed 2021-03-17 19:20:26 -0400
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    signed 2021-03-17 19:06:18 -0400
  • Roman Krivitsky
    signed 2021-03-17 18:56:15 -0400
  • Florian Schwarz
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  • Anthony Jreije
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  • Pat Hamm 🌹
    @pathamm98 tweeted link to this page. 2021-03-17 18:34:14 -0400
    Sign the petition to tell Members of Congress: Earmark Funding for Trolley Modernization Today
  • Patrick Hamm
    signed 2021-03-17 18:33:41 -0400
  • Allison Sponic
    signed 2021-03-17 18:32:12 -0400
    I’ve relied on various trolley routes over the years to get me to and from work. It is unreliable and, until the pandemic hit, consistently overcrowded.
  • Will Fenton
    signed 2021-03-17 18:15:20 -0400
    Philly desperately needs a modern trolley service so that the public transportation can better serve the citizens of the city, as well as the hundreds of thousands of people that visit the city on a yearly basis. Please help support the modernization with funds from the Department of Transportation.
  • Joe Meyrick
    signed 2021-03-17 18:13:44 -0400
  • Jeffrey Garrett
    signed 2021-03-17 17:56:15 -0400
  • Robert Billet
    signed 2021-03-17 17:46:18 -0400
  • Fiona Drenttel
    signed 2021-03-17 17:41:45 -0400
  • John Schoen-McCullough
    signed 2021-03-17 17:33:15 -0400
  • Robert Johnson
    signed 2021-03-17 17:26:55 -0400
    The trolleys are vital to West Philadelphia, and have been the same since I was born. We need something more equitable, and we need it now!
  • Charles Krueger
    signed 2021-03-17 17:23:17 -0400
  • David Cairns
    signed 2021-03-17 17:17:47 -0400
  • Dustin Dove
    signed 2021-03-17 17:13:48 -0400
  • Jon Geeting
    signed via 2021-03-17 17:02:20 -0400
  • Paula Glenn Lamb
    signed 2021-03-17 16:58:52 -0400
  • Suzanne Hagner
    signed 2021-03-17 16:51:57 -0400
  • Christina Gosnell
    signed 2021-03-17 16:50:06 -0400
  • Brian Slagle
    signed 2021-03-17 16:46:22 -0400
  • Larisa Mann
    signed 2021-03-17 16:40:59 -0400
    Trolleys are the lifeblood of a health and vibrant community. They are engines of equality and opportunity. They help fight climate change. They enrich neighborhood businesses. The trolley system should be the pride of Philadelphia, let’s get them in shape!
  • Diana Krantz
    signed 2021-03-17 16:39:54 -0400
  • Jessica Frye
    signed via 2021-03-17 16:18:57 -0400