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2018 Trolley Tunnel Blitz

Trolley Tunnel Blitz

9 Day Trolley Tunnel Shutdown

STARTING Friday, July 13 2018 at 10:00 p.m. and CONTINUING UNTIL Monday, July 23, 2018 at 5:00 a.m.

NEW: Photos from the first week of the Trolley Tunnel Blitz

SEPTA and third-party forces will work around the clock for nine days, tackling critical track and power maintenance and upgrades, station upgrades and painting, tile replacement and maintenance work; and intensive tunnel, track area, and station cleaning as part of the 2018 Trolley Tunnel Blitz.

Changes to Service

TROLLEYS WILL NOT OPERATE IN THE TUNNEL AT ANY TIME DURING THE BLITZ

  • Trolley Routes 10, 11*, 13, 34, and 36* will temporarily divert to 40th & Market Sts.

  • Customers may transfer at 40th St. to the Market Frankford Line for service to/from Center City
    • Tents will be available as a temporary shelter for customers transferring from Trolleys/Market Frankford Line
    • For late night travel, customers can transfer to Market-Frankford Line Weekday Night Owl Bus Service or the all-night Train service on weekends while this work takes place


  • Please look for signs posted at 40th St. Portal and throughout the system for service information. Directional signage will help you navigate the system during the Blitz, with tips on how to access the system during construction, the closures of stairways and stations, and boarding information


Routes are operating with modified service due to the Woodland Ave. Bridge Replacement Project. Customers should look for signage or visit TransitView for additional information.

Here's what we're doing during the 2018 Blitz

IN THE TRACK RIGHT OF WAY:

Replacing Trolley Tunnel track curved rail along the Eastbound and Westbound sides of the Tunnel at 15th St and 36th Streets, and the Eastbound side at the 40th St portal (this helps to reduce the noise you hear when the Trolley travels through the Tunnel); Replacing the switch at the 40th St. Portal; aggressive cleaning campaign that includes vacuuming the entire track bed and drainage system and power washing the entire track bed at all stations and all of the track right of way




COMMUNICATIONS & SIGNALS:

Working in coordination with the Track Department - replace track wiring over the newly installed rail; perform maintenance and testing on the switches at Ludlow St. Interlocking - a critical location in the Tunnel as it is the switch point for the Route 10 Trolley for service to/from 63rd and Malvern; install radio fiber radiax cable between 13th and 22nd Sts.







POWER:

Remove approximately 15,000 feet of retired steel piping and communication cable on a section of the Tunnel between 19th and 30th Sts.; perform emergency power backup generator testing throughout the Tunnel









AT STATIONS:

Heavy cleaning, maintenance, and improvement campaign at all stations including painting, tile repairs, graffiti removal, drainage cleaning and the installation of a new pan on the Westbound platform at 19th St. Station.

Third-party forces will also be working to raise the Trolley Station platform at 15th St. (Eastbound) and repair the steel beams in the tunnel west of the station.

AT SUBSTATIONS: Cleaning and maintenance work


AT 40TH STREET PORTAL:

With construction nearing completion for the University City District's project, SEPTA forces will replace ties and piping in the new storm water management system












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