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 Unfortunately, the system is slow, mired by delays, unacceptably outdated, and lacks ADA accessibility.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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  • Eric Von Hofen
    signed 2021-03-29 13:17:19 -0400
    We deserve better than just dealing with old technology and transit in our daily commutes. Better transit means less traffic, less pollution, better cities, and happier citizens.
  • Thomas Helmsing
    signed 2021-03-29 13:12:30 -0400
  • Erin Rudy
    signed 2021-03-29 13:11:58 -0400
    The trolly system is a major mode of transportation for many Philadelphians. Please consider updating and modernizing it. Thank you!
  • David Sorge
    signed 2021-03-29 13:10:21 -0400
  • Davis Dure
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  • Michelle Alvare
    signed 2021-03-29 13:00:22 -0400
  • Marcus Ferreira
    signed 2021-03-29 12:56:23 -0400
    Philadelphia needs a fleet of energy efficient and capacious trolleys that truly befits our expansive trolley network.
  • Jessica Amoroso
    signed 2021-03-29 12:47:55 -0400
  • Anna Tangi
    signed 2021-03-29 12:46:45 -0400
  • Elizabeth Uhlhorn
    signed 2021-03-29 12:42:58 -0400
    public transport is so important for quality of life in cities – the city will come back from COVID and it must come back better, with less air pollution, less traffic, more space for residents and less for cars, and more freedom of mobility for all of us. modern trolley service is key to this!
  • Meg Ruthenburg
    signed 2021-03-29 12:40:00 -0400
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    signed 2021-03-29 12:31:46 -0400
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    signed 2021-03-29 12:25:22 -0400
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  • Karen Guarino Spanton
    signed 2021-03-29 12:01:17 -0400
    This beautiful city deserves it… and people are noticing us!
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