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Improvement Project on Trolley Routes 101/102

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UPDATE - JANUARY 30, 2019

WEATHER ALERT - February 1-3, 2019

Due to freezing temperatures forecast for our area, construction for Friday, February 1 through Sunday, February 3, 2019 has been canceled. Trolleys will operate at ALL stations. Please refer to the regular timetable for service information. Check the real-time tools listed below for updates to service throughout the day.


UPDATE - JANUARY 16, 2019

WEATHER ALERT - January 18-21, 2019

Due the winter storm forecast for our area, buses will operate in place of trolleys on Friday evening and Saturday ONLY. Regularly scheduled Route 101 and 102 Trolley service will resume at the start of the service day Sunday, January 20. On Sunday, customers should board Trolleys at the normal boarding locations. Please refer to the regular timetable for service information.


We will begin the next the phase of an on-going, multi-year project on our Route 101/102 (Media/Sharon Hill) Trolley Lines on Friday, January 11, 2019. The project is scheduled to run through Sunday, February 24, 2019.

The work we are doing on the Media and Sharon Hill lines will allow us to better serve our Delaware County customers. This extensive infrastructure work cannot be completed while trolleys are operating or during the short night-owl windows.

The Media-Sharon Hill Line is comprised of three parts: the trunk from 69th Street Transportation Center to Drexel Hill Junction (Shadeland Avenue) used by both Route 101 and 102; stops from Huey Avenue to Media used by Route 101; and stops from Garrettford to Sharon Hill used by Route 102.

The improvement project is the next phase of SEPTA’s installation of the Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) system on Routes 101 and 102. The CBTC system utilizes radio communications between the vehicles and the signal system to improve safety. CBTC automatically prevents collisions between trolleys by enforcing safe stopping distances. This modern system also prevents trolleys from exceeding established speed limits.

This portion of the project includes interlocking construction at multiple locations on the trunk between 69th Street and Drexel Hill Junction and on the Sharon Hill branch between Drexel Hill Junction and Collingdale Borough. Construction includes installation of new track crossovers, overhead contact wire and support structures at the new interlockings.

In addition to the extensive project related track and signal construction, SEPTA in-house crews will take advantage of the weekend track closures to perform key heavy maintenance projects along Routes 101and 102.

Weather permitting, buses will be used in place of trolleys for the entire routes of both lines on Friday evenings, and on Saturdays and Sundays. Bus substitution could add up to 15 minutes to your trip(s). Buses will board at or near trolley stations. Boarding signs will be posted at stops. Location are also listed here.

Bus substitution will begin on Friday evenings at 7:13p. Trolley service will resume at the start of the service day the following Monday. The following weekends are affected:

January 11-13

January 18-21

January 25-28

February 1-3

February 8-10

February 15-17

February 22-24

In the event of inclement weather, work will be cancelled and regular trolley service will operate. Passengers are encouraged to listen to local media outlets (KYW Newsradio), visit septa.org and follow @SEPTA, @SEPTA_TRL_101 and @SEPTA_TRL_102 on Twitter for service updates.

For more information about the project, visit septa.org or contact SEPTA customer service at 215-580-7800.

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