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 Unfortunately, the system is slow, mired by delays, unacceptably outdated, and lacks ADA accessibility.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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  • Daniel Pearson
    signed via 2021-03-17 13:00:17 -0400
  • Samantha Kovnat
    signed 2021-03-17 12:59:12 -0400
  • Shaun Cerborino
    signed 2021-03-17 12:54:11 -0400
    Please bring back the Girard Avenue trolley. And implement trolley service along Delaware Avenue on the old tracks
  • Brian Agness
    signed 2021-03-17 12:52:30 -0400
  • Eireann Young
    signed 2021-03-17 12:51:10 -0400
    The trolley is my first choice for transportation to get around town, as it’s quick than the bus, stops a block away from my home, and goes to most of the places I need to go. I hope that all Philadelphia residents can access this excellent mode of public transit, and as well I would like funds earmarked for trolley infrastructure and updates so that it continues to be a safe and reliable option for me and other residents of West Philadelphia. Thanks!
  • Janet Dingle
    signed 2021-03-17 12:36:29 -0400
  • Chi-Hyun Kim
    signed 2021-03-17 12:32:35 -0400
    With Congress putting together a historic infrastructure package, we can’t let this opportunity go to waste. I urge Philadelphia-area representatives to include funding to finally modernize the trolley system and make it accessible for all.
  • John Rossi
    signed 2021-03-17 12:29:23 -0400
  • Gerrie Schmidt
    signed 2021-03-17 12:29:20 -0400
  • Meagan Cusack
    signed 2021-03-17 12:24:33 -0400
  • Naomi Fiordimondo
    signed 2021-03-17 12:22:13 -0400
  • Leonard Bonarek
    signed 2021-03-17 12:20:38 -0400
  • Beth Hollingshead
    signed 2021-03-17 12:20:21 -0400
  • David Blizzard
    signed 2021-03-17 12:17:57 -0400
  • Jonathan McKamey
    signed 2021-03-17 12:09:46 -0400
    We are so wasteful and dumb the way we destroy freedom by forcing Americans to own a multi-thousand dollar piece of equipment, which rots on the street 99% of the time, to do the daily tasks of life.


    Moving back from Europe is was clear how much we money, time and space we burn on space and resource waisting ‘one person in 1/4 ton of metal’ transportation.


    Our current ‘bring you own device’ transit system is a failure on all levels, and by all measures of efficiency, quality of life, and maintainability.
  • Muriel Kudera
    signed 2021-03-17 12:08:49 -0400
  • Maureen Clarke-Sweeney
    signed 2021-03-17 12:00:58 -0400
    Septa provides a very important service ,and new passenger cars will require streets to be improved all along the routes for the new service and cars .

    a major project ,The subway-too. to accommodate the new passenger cars.
  • Casey Gatherwics
    signed 2021-03-17 11:59:57 -0400
    Despite how well-built our current trolleys are, let’s face facts with fact, they are of a very outdated design based on the 1930s! PCC Trolley and their split-doorways don’t allow for ADA Accessibility making a majority of the system inaccessible to those with disabilities. It time for SEPTA to get a new Low-Floor, Multi-section LRVs and stray away from being a “Streetcar” and turn it into a proper “Light Rail”. The ideas I was told by SEPTA prior to the Pandemic were promising. Let’s make it happen!
  • James Sanchez
    signed 2021-03-17 11:54:40 -0400
    Everybody worldwide is expanding and modernizing their Trolley, Tram and Lightrail systems. SEPTA is stuck in a 1950’s mind set that Trolley’s are outdated. Even though they can carry far larger amounts of commuters on street space than buses and automobiles, are Green transportation, and can be very economical to operate versus heavy rail or buses in many situations. It is past time to modernize and expand the system!
  • Kate Mundie
    signed 2021-03-17 11:54:06 -0400
  • Daniel Trubman
    signed 2021-03-17 11:49:50 -0400
  • Rebecca Son
    signed 2021-03-17 11:43:19 -0400
  • Matthew Avery
    signed 2021-03-17 11:39:21 -0400
  • Yasha Zarrinkelk
    signed 2021-03-17 11:35:05 -0400
  • John Reid
    signed 2021-03-17 11:32:39 -0400
  • Doug Grainge
    signed 2021-03-17 11:23:51 -0400
  • Brady Hanes
    signed 2021-03-17 11:22:54 -0400
  • Frank Wilkinson
    signed 2021-03-17 11:22:27 -0400
  • Mordecai-Mark Mac Low
    signed 2021-03-17 11:21:41 -0400
  • Margaret Turcich
    signed 2021-03-17 11:17:20 -0400