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 Unfortunately, the system is slow, mired by delays, unacceptably outdated, and lacks ADA accessibility.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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  • Alfred Klosterman
    signed 2021-06-02 17:36:25 -0400
  • Robert Farrell
    signed 2021-06-02 17:09:29 -0400
  • Sheldon Isaac
    signed 2021-06-02 17:09:27 -0400
  • Peter Hecht
    signed 2021-06-02 17:04:22 -0400
  • Hannah Kohut
    signed 2021-06-02 16:42:30 -0400
  • susan thornton
    signed 2021-06-02 16:25:17 -0400
  • David Loeb
    signed 2021-06-02 16:21:21 -0400
  • isabel melvin
    signed 2021-06-02 16:16:53 -0400
    More funding for trolleys!
  • Robert Duplessis
    signed 2021-06-02 16:01:16 -0400
  • Julia Stone
    signed 2021-06-02 15:55:58 -0400
  • Susan Clampet-Lundquist
    signed 2021-06-02 15:49:00 -0400
  • Olubukola (Bukie) Adekoje
    signed 2021-06-02 15:44:16 -0400
  • Samantha Petty
    signed 2021-06-02 15:40:29 -0400
    Hi, my daughter uses a wheelchair and we are unable to board a trolley. This limits our transit options as we live in West Philadelphia which is well served by the trolley system.
  • jane friedman
    signed 2021-06-02 15:37:28 -0400
  • Jana Adler
    signed 2021-06-02 15:36:26 -0400
  • Darren Black
    signed 2021-06-02 15:31:04 -0400
  • Mary Garito
    signed 2021-06-02 15:30:51 -0400
  • Owen Sindler
    signed 2021-06-02 15:27:26 -0400
    I’m a regular trolley rider.
  • David Yang
    signed 2021-06-02 15:26:28 -0400
  • George Felice
    signed 2021-06-02 15:25:16 -0400
  • Terrance Hart
    signed 2021-06-02 14:44:25 -0400
    Although I’m a resident of South Philadelphia, my father lives in Overbrook along the 10 trolley and my church is near Girard along the 15 (now a bus). I’ve been to different cities and have seen how their light rail infrastructure has dwarfed ours when ours has clearly been around longer. Even Boston has upgraded its fleet and has plans for Green Line extension. I would love to see Philadelphia come into the present and future regarding public transit for the sake of its residents and tourists alike.
  • Joe Arancio
    signed via 2021-05-18 12:07:10 -0400
  • Nate Hommel
    signed 2021-05-07 11:54:56 -0400
  • Aaron Deegan
    signed 2021-05-06 22:06:57 -0400
  • Claire Petri
    signed 2021-05-03 08:55:13 -0400
  • Duane Cuthbertson
    signed 2021-05-02 18:07:50 -0400
  • Amy Gross
    signed 2021-04-22 19:09:04 -0400
  • Ryan Dahn
    signed 2021-04-20 10:12:54 -0400
  • Sharon Hillman
    signed 2021-04-14 20:42:34 -0400
    I support the modernization of SEPTA’s trolley system so that public transit in our city can become more equitable, accessible, and reliable for people of all ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Kate Lyons
    signed 2021-04-14 17:24:10 -0400