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 Unfortunately, the system is slow, mired by delays, unacceptably outdated, and lacks ADA accessibility.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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  • Michael Schill
    signed 2021-03-17 16:14:06 -0400
    I live on a trolley route and while i love to take the trolleys, they are in desperate need of modernization!
  • Brandon Saiz
    signed 2021-03-17 16:02:41 -0400
  • Dave Brindley
    signed 2021-03-17 15:39:49 -0400
  • Natalie Walker
    signed 2021-03-17 15:34:17 -0400
  • Margie Politzer
    signed 2021-03-17 15:30:35 -0400
  • Paul Gondek
    signed 2021-03-17 15:13:39 -0400
  • Kevin Schott
    signed via 2021-03-17 15:09:52 -0400
  • Martha Heaton
    signed 2021-03-17 15:03:31 -0400
    Please earmark funding for the trolleys.
  • Caleb Fossum
    signed via 2021-03-17 14:59:38 -0400
  • Charles Hank Garrett
    signed 2021-03-17 14:58:06 -0400
  • Ashlei Milligan
    signed 2021-03-17 14:53:35 -0400
  • Jenna Spitz
    signed 2021-03-17 14:40:40 -0400
  • Sharon Shneyer
    signed 2021-03-17 14:33:43 -0400
    This is so important, other cities around the country are expanding and improving their trolley systems, why should Philadelphia be any different? Besides some of us prefer not riding buses when possible.
  • Christopher Mulroy
    signed 2021-03-17 14:31:25 -0400
  • Karena Valentine
    signed 2021-03-17 14:24:41 -0400
    The SEPTA trolleys are the most archaic of ALL public transit systems in this country. It’s an embarrassment, especially under the motto “We’re getting there.” Tell that to a line of packed trolleys blaring their horns when someone’s car is camped out on the tracks. Not to mention they’re not accessible to folks with disabilities.

    I’ve lived in West Philly 20yrs, and have witnessed firsthand how development and population increases have continued to detrimentally impact trolleys, including increase of vehicles blocking tracks, and ridership, all while the archaic infrastructure bumbles along and further degrades. The trolleys are long overdue for an overhaul.
  • Daniel Safer
    signed 2021-03-17 14:16:37 -0400
  • Elaine Allard
    signed 2021-03-17 14:14:15 -0400
  • Zachary Pelo
    signed 2021-03-17 14:10:19 -0400
    The trolley is crucial for our transportation infrastructure in West and Southwest Philadelphia. Our trolleys should be modernized for efficiency and rider equity. Our system should be expanded to better connect more swaths of the city.
  • Max Ripps
    signed 2021-03-17 14:09:57 -0400
  • Donna Ryan
    signed 2021-03-17 14:09:37 -0400
  • Gershon Cattan
    signed 2021-03-17 14:04:43 -0400
  • Uel Bergey
    signed 2021-03-17 13:59:55 -0400
  • Carole Parker
    signed 2021-03-17 13:58:54 -0400
  • Jerrold Adler
    signed 2021-03-17 13:53:01 -0400
  • Michael Noda
    signed 2021-03-17 13:44:58 -0400
  • Grace Shinn
    signed 2021-03-17 13:32:50 -0400
  • Ray Scheinfeld
    signed 2021-03-17 13:26:54 -0400
    Please provide support to SEPTA to the maximum we can.


  • Jerry Sulat
    signed 2021-03-17 13:26:00 -0400
  • Susannah Burger
    signed 2021-03-17 13:23:11 -0400
  • Paul Alulis Alulis
    signed 2021-03-17 13:16:21 -0400