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Old Posted Mar 18, 2015, 10:27 PM
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SEPTA continues to be aggressive on the modernization front!

Sleek, Modern Trolleys Coming to Philly

"Philadelphia has the largest trolley system in the nation, a title it’s held since the 1970s. But the old-school tanks climbing up and down city streets look like relics from our parents’ (or grandparents’) generation. Trolleys along Baltimore Avenue in the Southwest are early-80s Kawasaki models; on Girard Avenue, the trolleys are actually reconditioned from the ‘40s.

In a few years, though, that’s going to change in a big way.

In an interview with Citified, SEPTA’s director of strategic planning and analysis, Byron Comati, said that a massive trolley fleet renovation is on the horizon. “Once the Key system is done, the next biggie that has complications will be trolley modernization,” Comati said. “It’s a transformational project. You do this once in a generation.”


http://www.phillymag.com/citified/20...cl68P0bCHqA.99
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Old Posted Mar 19, 2015, 1:49 PM
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Very happy to see this, I can't wait to see what they look like! Now if only we could get all those cars out of their way in West Philly
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This is awesome news! But it wonder if he meant 90'? Most 6-axle tram/streetcars are around 90' not 80'. I really hope they don't try to reinvent the wheel but go with a proven series like the Bombardier Flexity or another proven articulated design with years of worldwide service.

And while theyre ordering brand new vehicles, I think it's time to get rid of the all white livery. It always looks dirty, and frankly it looks like a transit agency that either just doesn't care or is too cheap to put any imagination into the presentation of their vehicles. I'd love to either see a new paint scheme for the new fleet inspired by older PCCS liveries, but not green! The "gulf oil" or "phase 1" schemes look nice and would look awesome on a sleek new LRV. Or a real departure would be pain them in silver like the old silver PCCs. All blue or all red would also look cool. I do think that the bicentennial scheme should not be completely abandoned for obvious reasons, hello..., Philadelphia...? This is why I don't ever want to see any form of green/cream return, I don't even particularly like them on the 15. I know it's historic but it just doesn't do it for me. Anyways, thoughts?
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Old Posted Mar 22, 2015, 5:34 PM
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An article on the proposed KOP extension:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/lo...ll_it_go_.html

And the official site for it:

http://www.kingofprussiarail.com


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Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...xTbifgS2HvU.99
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Old Posted Mar 23, 2015, 12:00 AM
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This is awesome news! But it wonder if he meant 90'? Most 6-axle tram/streetcars are around 90' not 80'. I really hope they don't try to reinvent the wheel but go with a proven series like the Bombardier Flexity or another proven articulated design with years of worldwide service.

And while theyre ordering brand new vehicles, I think it's time to get rid of the all white livery. It always looks dirty, and frankly it looks like a transit agency that either just doesn't care or is too cheap to put any imagination into the presentation of their vehicles. I'd love to either see a new paint scheme for the new fleet inspired by older PCCS liveries, but not green! The "gulf oil" or "phase 1" schemes look nice and would look awesome on a sleek new LRV. Or a real departure would be pain them in silver like the old silver PCCs. All blue or all red would also look cool. I do think that the bicentennial scheme should not be completely abandoned for obvious reasons, hello..., Philadelphia...? This is why I don't ever want to see any form of green/cream return, I don't even particularly like them on the 15. I know it's historic but it just doesn't do it for me. Anyways, thoughts?
The color scheme never bothered me much - I always thought that they were maintaining blank canvases for ad wraps anyway.
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Old Posted Mar 23, 2015, 1:18 AM
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Old Posted Mar 25, 2015, 9:24 PM
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SEPTA King of Prussia Rail expansion
Article about the expansion and a small rendering of what the line would look like.

http://mobile.philly.com/news/local/...&id=297103501&
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New renderings of 15th street station set to begin Summer 2016:







More renders plans and story here:
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/0...s/#gallery-2-4
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Old Posted Mar 26, 2015, 10:45 PM
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SEPTA plans $535 million for new vehicles and construction


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SEPTA plans to spend $535 million next year to buy new vehicles, replace and repair rail bridges, upgrade train stations and begin overhauling its Center City subway concourse.

The proposed capital budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is $37 million, or 6.4 percent, less than the current capital budget, which contained a one-time infusion of $85 million in federal funding.

Among the projected spending is about $160 million earmarked to replace and overhaul vehicles. That will include 13 new locomotives, the first of 525 hybrid buses that will be purchased over five years, and the start of the process of procuring about 45 bi-level rail cars to increase capacity on the Regional Rail lines.

About $48 million is slated for bridge repair and replacement, $34 million for communications, signal systems and other technology upgrades, $47 million for stations, bus loops and parking lots, $45 million for the ongoing installation of the new "smart-card" fare system, $20 million for cameras and other security upgrades, and $18 million for power substations.

Public hearings on the capital budget will be held April 28, at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at SEPTA headquarters at 1234 Market St.

The proposed budget will be available on SEPTA's website at www.septa.org/reports.pnussbaum@phillynews.com

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20...TAPIVQZwt3F.99
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Old Posted Mar 26, 2015, 11:11 PM
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What about the new trolleys?

As for the bi level coaches, are they talking about EMU's or loco hauled units?
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2015, 4:42 AM
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What about the new trolleys?

As for the bi level coaches, are they talking about EMU's or loco hauled units?
Looks like locomotive hauled trains...they don't really need the locomotives for anything else.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2015, 10:56 AM
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What about the new trolleys?

As for the bi level coaches, are they talking about EMU's or loco hauled units?
The trolleys will most likely be in the 2017 capital budget since they still have to go through the bidding process.
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Old Posted Mar 28, 2015, 5:28 PM
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What the Philadelphia subway system should look like, as envisioned by me for an honors thesis that I am currently working on involving Philadelphia's transportation history and future.

http://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/view/K1g74aM4dg
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Old Posted Mar 28, 2015, 9:03 PM
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PIDC charts a course for BSL extension to the Navy Yard
http://planphilly.com/articles/2015/...n-to-navy-yard
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