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 Unfortunately, the system is slow, mired by delays, unacceptably outdated, and lacks ADA accessibility.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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  • George Legatos
    signed 2021-04-01 10:34:39 -0400
    Do the right thing! We need modern trolleys, not more Amazon!
  • Clint Randall
    signed 2021-04-01 10:33:26 -0400
    Elected officials should be working to support decisions that create the conditions for long-term economic prosperity, not shortsightedly siding with a corporation that might be willing to pay more for a piece of land. This gravely jeopardizes SEPTA’s ability to complete a project of regional significance, one that will make trolleys accessible, higher capacity, and more appealing to current and future riders. Killing this project for a factory that pays minimum wage jobs is the perfect example of a short-term victory that will ultimately just perpetuate issues around poverty, access to quality jobs, and regional mobility. Damaging the ability of our transit system to perform its core function – and potentially discouraging thousands of people from using it in the first place- exacerbates huge problems of traffic congestion and pollution, while also forcing low-income people to see car ownership as a costly necessity. This is an unnecessary burden to place on people in a city with such tremendous existing infrastructure, but this infrastructure is only as good as we allow it to be through strategic investment. Amazon has nearly unlimited resources, and could easily purchase or lease multiple other sites nearby. Facilitating Amazon’s profits is not Philadelphia’s job; ensuring that Philadelphia remains as livable, affordable, and economically competitive as possible is Philadelphia’s job.
  • susan patrone
    signed 2021-04-01 10:31:24 -0400
  • Brad Maule
    signed 2021-04-01 10:16:24 -0400
    Essential SEPTA service over further footprint of a company that harms local business. This is a no-brainer.
  • Ellen Davis
    signed 2021-04-01 09:57:32 -0400
  • Andrew Meloney
    signed 2021-04-01 09:56:45 -0400
  • Claire Byrnes
    signed 2021-04-01 09:49:44 -0400
  • Derek Kunz
    signed 2021-04-01 09:37:13 -0400
  • James Dowdell
    signed 2021-04-01 09:29:29 -0400
  • Mike Heaney
    signed 2021-04-01 09:27:10 -0400
  • Paul Brommer
    signed 2021-04-01 09:22:34 -0400
  • Marisa Wilson
    signed 2021-04-01 09:20:22 -0400
    I’m a trolley rider and modernizing our trolley system is essential! We do not need more Amazon and more emissions from their vehicles in SW Philly!
  • Kelsey DeCerchio
    signed 2021-04-01 08:50:18 -0400
  • Carol Rand
    signed 2021-04-01 08:44:16 -0400
  • Natalie Griffith
    signed 2021-04-01 07:59:53 -0400
    I work in SW Philadelphia and I heavily rely on the 11 or 13 trolley lines to get me to work. Without these trolley lines I would be subject to multiple rail and bus transfers within the City in order to get to my job. These additional transfers would cost me precious time on my commute. I have found the trolley service to be significantly more timely than the bus services. I don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t for the trolley lines in West Philadelphia.
  • Cheryl Graff Tumola
    signed 2021-04-01 07:50:11 -0400
  • Liam Costello
    signed 2021-03-31 22:13:52 -0400
    Get lost Amazon.
  • Anne Bonn
    signed 2021-03-31 21:35:34 -0400
  • Poune Saberi
    signed 2021-03-31 20:33:37 -0400
  • Elmer Chestnut
    signed 2021-03-31 20:15:18 -0400
  • Susan Eachus
    signed 2021-03-31 19:50:45 -0400
  • AeLin Compton
    signed 2021-03-31 18:54:07 -0400
  • Katherine Gulick
    signed 2021-03-31 18:37:37 -0400
  • Gerald McPherson
    signed 2021-03-31 18:33:12 -0400
  • Stephanie thaw
    signed 2021-03-31 17:44:22 -0400
  • Will Johnson
    signed 2021-03-31 17:25:43 -0400
  • Taryn Dalius
    signed 2021-03-31 17:24:08 -0400
  • Sasha Best
    signed 2021-03-31 17:14:52 -0400
  • Kevin
    @kbchirps tweeted link to this page. 2021-03-31 17:14:40 -0400
    Tell Congress: Earmark Funding for Trolley Modernization Today
  • Kevin Collison
    signed 2021-03-31 17:13:56 -0400