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July 05, 2023

SEPTA to close 10 trolley stations Friday for two weeks of cleaning and maintenance

Routes will be suspended between 13th and 40th streets; no trolleys will run in the underground section from July 7 to July 24

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SEPTA trolley blitz Thom Carroll/for PhillyVoice

SEPTA trolleys along the underground tunnel between 13th and 40th streets will close for more than two weeks of cleaning and repairs, including the demolition and replacement of the eastbound 22nd Street track.

SEPTA will close all its underground trolley stations for more than two weeks of repairs and cleaning beginning Friday night.

During the annual trolley tunnel blitz, crews will replace worn tracks, test signals, clean out pipes, paint and fix lighting at trolley stops along the covered tunnel between 13th and 40th streets. No trolleys will operate along this stretch between Friday, July 7 at 10 p.m. and Monday, July 24 at 5 a.m.

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The work will impact trolley routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36, which will divert to 40th and Market streets, where riders can transfer to the Market-Frankford line. Route 13 will operate as a bus during the blitz.

Signs will be posted at the 40th Street station with further service information. SEPTA is encouraging late-night riders, who can normally access trolley routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 at all hours of the day, to take the Night Owl bus service along Market-Frankford as an alternative.

Since 2014, SEPTA has conducted trolley cleaning and maintenance blitzes during the summer, when ridership is typically lower. This year's planned work includes the demolition of the eastbound 22nd Street platform, which will be entirely rebuilt with a new concrete deck and track bed.

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