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Operator SEPTA
System Type Light Rail
Year Opened 1905 (subway)
# of Lines 5
# of Cars 112
Mileage 28.9 miles
Gauge 5' 2.25"
Stations 8 in subway
Power Overhead
Fare Media Tokens/ Farecards
Data Date 2000
1st Visit 1987
Last Visit 8/2008
% Rode 90%

US East Transit > Philadelphia


The streetcar system in Philadelphia is a shadow of its former greatness. The only lines that operate regularly are the Subway-Surface routes that serve West Philadelphia and use the Market St. Subway to serve downtown. Two former traditional streetcar routes are considered "temporarily" suspended, and have been for over a decade.

Finally, one streetcar line has been restored, the 15- Girard Ave. Line. It's tracks has been upgraded and fully rebuilt PCC's from Brookville are operating on the line.

Portions of Route 23 through central city see very sporadic service with PCC's, but this is a rare occasion, usually around Christmas. Maybe someday Philly will restore the 23, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Last Updated: 02/13/18


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