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16 Day Trolley Tunnel Outage

Trolley Tunnel Blitz

STARTING Friday, July 9, 2021 at 10:00 p.m. and CONTINUING UNTIL Monday July 26, 2021 at 5:00 a.m.

SEPTA forces will work around the clock 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 2021 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 Night Owl Bus Service while this work takes place

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

HERE'S WHAT WE ARE DOING DURING THE 2021 BLITZ:

IN THE TRACK RIGHT-OF-WAY:
Demolish and rebuild the full length of the eastbound 22nd Street platform, rebuild entire track bed and pour new concrete decking

Replace worn track curved rail at 37th Street eastbound and 15th Street westbound. This helps to maintain safe operations along curved portions of the Tunnel

Complete column plate repairs
Replace 4 miles of overhead contact wire

Complete heavy maintenance on Ludlow Switch

Test and maintenance work on entire Tunnel signal system

AT STATIONS:
Heavy cleaning, maintenance, and improvement campaign at all stations including painting, lighting, graffiti removal, drain and pipe cleaning

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR CUSTOMERS DURING THE BLITZ

ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings and LOOK for signage posted at stations for boarding information. DO NOT enter areas that are gated or blocked off at any time. WE are committed to providing YOU with a safe riding experience and environment

Please remember that a mask or face covering must be worn when riding on a SEPTA vehicle or in a SEPTA station

WHY IS THE BLITZ NEEDED?Giving SEPTA forces the opportunity to tackle maintenance, track construction, station facility, and safety improvement work in a concentrated period of time reduces the number of late night and weekend outages over the course of the year

On average, 700 vehicles operate through the five-mile Trolley Tunnel every day. As with previous Blitz campaigns starting in 2014, this work is scheduled during the summer when our ridership is traditionally lower in an effort to impact the fewest number of regular customers

We thank you for your cooperation and your patience while we continue our work to improve service, safety, and travel comfort in the Trolley Tunnel

Follow @SEPTA for the latest news and service information – or follow your individual Trolley Route @SEPTA_TRL_10, @SEPTA_TRL_11 @SEPTA_TRL_13, @SEPTA_TRL_34 @SEPTA_TRL_36