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Free Water Ice from the Trolley Car Station! Wednesday, July 19th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm at 40th & Baltimore

Construction of a new restaurant, the Trolley Car Station, began last month at 40th and Baltimore. To celebrate the beginning of this major University City construction, which is part of the Trolley Portal Gardens project, the public is invited to enjoy free water ice from the Trolley Car Ice Cream Shoppe.

The event will be held on Wednesday, July 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 40th and Baltimore.

The construction of the new two-story 125-seat restaurant, is expected to be completed in Spring 2018. The company that owns the Trolley Car Diner in Mount Airy will operate the restaurant.



Amtrak Hosts Open House on Station Plaza-Public is invited to review Station Plaza concepts

PHILADELPHIA – Amtrak is advancing planning and design for one of the more visible projects of the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan, Station Plaza, the grand civic place surrounding all four sides of 30th Street Station. On July 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the North Waiting Room at 30th Street Station, Amtrak will host an open house for members of the public to review concepts for Station Plaza at 30th Street Station. The event is an opportunity for interested parties to learn more about the project, ask members of the project team questions and most importantly, provide feedback.

The public is invited to learn more about the project by visiting Here visitors can get the latest project information, sign-up to receive project updates via e-mail, review news coverage and more.

Completed in June 2016, the Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan is a long-range, joint master planning effort led by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of the 30th Street Station District in the year 2050 and beyond.

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Track Renewal Project Scheduled along SEPTA’s Route 15 Trolley

PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 12, 2017) — SEPTA will conduct a track renewal project on a portion of its Route 15 trolley line from June 18-September 17, 2017. The project will take place on Girard Avenue from east of Broad Street to just west Corinthian Street, including the east and westbound tracks on the Schuylkill River Bridge and the intersection of 34th Street and Girard Avenue.

Most of the track in this area was last replaced in the 1950s. The street structure supporting the tracks has deteriorated due to weather, traffic and the age of the road surface. SEPTA will excavate and replace approximately 4,100 track feet and repave the track area. The new track will result in reduced sound and vibration because the new rail is incased in an insulated rubber boot. The new and improved track components will make for a smoother ride.

To accommodate the work, buses will replace trolleys along the entire Route 15 from June 18- September 17, 2017. Trolleys will return between Frankford and Delaware Avenues and 63rd Street and Girard Avenue on September 18. Shuttle buses currently in use between Richmond Street and Allegheny Avenue and Front Street and Girard Avenue due to PennDOT construction will continue to operate in place of Route 15 trolleys.

The project will start at Broad Street and progress west over the summer. The inner lanes on Girard Avenue will be closed to all traffic in separate, multi-block construction areas. Girard Avenue will remain open for emergency vehicles and deliveries during the entire track renewal project. Lanes for local traffic will be shifted in the construction area, and detours will be posted. All side streets in the construction areas will be closed to thru traffic, but local traffic will be permitted up to construction sites. Parking will not be permitted in the area or adjacent to the tracks being reconstructed; however, exceptions will be made for those with special needs. Walking access for businesses will be arranged.

Normal construction hours will be Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekend work may be required to maintain the project schedule. Temporary trailers will be placed on the south curb line of Girard Avenue at 16th Street. Parking lanes on the south side of Girard between 16th and 17th Streets and between 19th and 20th Streets will be closed so rail strings can be welded and stored until installation.

For more information, please visit or call SEPTA Customer Service at (215) 580-7800.