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SEPTA closes trolley tunnel for repairs

The closure will affect about 62,400 riders.
Photo – SEPTA


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) beginning Aug. 9 will close its trolley tunnel from 13th Street to 40th Street for 10 days to perform repairs and preventive maintenance. 

During the closure of the 5-mile tunnel, SEPTA crews will replace curved track and switches, clean track beds and drainage systems, install lighting, and replace and upgrade track circuit and signal wires, according to the project website

The tunnel closure occurs every year because it is the “most effective and efficient” way to perform large portions of repair work in a short period of time, SEPTA spokesperson Andrew Busch told The Philadelphia Inquirer

During the tunnel closure, riders will be diverted to 40th and Market Street. Riders traveling through to Center City will transfer to the Market-Frankford Line at 40th Street.

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