About the Project
To make the system fully accessible, SEPTA will be acquiring new vehicles and building new, on-street trolley stations.
The new stations will provide a fully accessible and safe waiting area outside the flow of pedestrians on the sidewalks, bicycle lanes, parked cars, and moving vehicles. New elevators at tunnel stations will provide easy, accessible access to trolleys from the street level. Additionally, this is our opportunity to ensure that all trolley stations have amenities like benches, shelters, and real time arrival information.
New Trolley Accessibility Features
- Outside button on door releases ramp
- Ticket machine on board
- No operator assistance necessary for mobility device users
- Multi-door boarding
Station Design Concepts
SEPTA has developed station design concepts built on input from more than 5,000 participants who provided feedback on what stations should include and how they can fit in with the communities SEPTA serves. The public is again being asked to provide feedback – this time on potential station designs, colors, and lighting for all trolley stations across the SEPTA system. SEPTA will update the designs based on feedback this fall.
SEPTA released an online survey and is hosting pop-up and virtual community events this fall throughout Philadelphia and Delaware County to give people the opportunity to provide feedback. For more information on the community events, refer to our schedule online.
SEPTA has determined the size, length, and height of station platforms to fit real-world conditions on our routes, ensure full accessibility, and accommodate the new longer, low-floor vehicles. Now that we know our station footprint, SEPTA can start station shelter and amenities design, and we need your input. Over the summer, through in-person events and an online survey, we heard the importance of benches, lighting, signage, and real-time information. The most popular station design considerations were safe, green, and historic. Based on your feedback and SEPTA requirements, such as being accessible, durable, and easy to maintain, we created two trolley station shelter shape options and a palette of station colors.
Throughout September, we will be at stations and events to get feedback as well. Visit our get involved page to find out where you can talk to us in-person.