Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

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Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby ExCon90 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:59 pm

Local fans will already know this, but for out-of-towners who may be considering a trip to Philadelphia, the trolley subway will shut down for major rehab during the first half of August. Just how major may be broadly gauged by the fact that the trolley subway will be closed continuously from 10:00 pm Friday, August 1 through 4:00 am Monday, August 18, affording an extremely rare opportunity to ride and photograph actual trolley cars on the diversion trackage during daylight hours, including three consecutive weekends.
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby station122 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:06 pm

The locals call it Subway-Surface lines.
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby ExCon90 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:18 pm

True, but does the signage (for out-of-towners) still call it that? I had the impression that the term Subway-Surface has for some reason been downplayed or eliminated outright by SEPTA (maybe about the time they "improved" the station naming on the line known to railfans as the P&W).
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby radioboy » Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:49 pm

I always just call it the trolley. Subway-surface is a mouthful.
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby ekt8750 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:12 pm

SEPTA itself stopped calling it Subway Surface a few years ago too
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby jayo » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:19 pm

They also used to call the lines the Green lines. They still use green for them on the maps, and recently made 101 and 102 green as well. They'll probably start using Green lines again, considering more systems these days are moving to color coding.
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby SCB2525 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:55 pm

It is officially referred to as the Green Line but all the other terms seem to be used interchangeably.
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby jackintosh11 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:17 pm

I was there today. Not only is there a free interchange with the El, but the gates are open at the station and people who normally use the station get a free ride. Fares aren't being charged on the trolleys at boarding time, and the crowds, even in the middle of the day, are extremely large.
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby jackintosh11 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:21 pm

I assume that was coming from woodland? Do most trolleys from callowhill use the diversion tracks to get to woodland?
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby trackwelder » Mon Aug 11, 2014 12:19 pm

jackintosh11 wrote:I assume that was coming from woodland? Do most trolleys from callowhill use the diversion tracks to get to woodland?


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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby jackintosh11 » Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:15 pm

Tunnel reopens tomorrow.
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby ExCon90 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:59 pm

Another shutdown began on July 31 and continues through August 16; another opportunity, presumably the last under present plans, to ride and photograph the diversion trackage in daylight.
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby ChemiosMurphy » Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:31 pm

Is the 40th street stop on MFL free for everyone during this time? Doors are roped open on platform and no one was going through the turnstiles, my trailpass holding self included.

Septa had Transit Police directing traffic at 40th/Market and lots of staff on hand to help riders.
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Re: Blue-light special in the Trolley Subway

Postby ExCon90 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 3:37 pm

I believe that's their normal policy during diversions. Contrary to some snarky comments you see here and there, SEPTA has the sense to recognize that decanting an entire passenger load from one trolley at the same time and requiring everybody to go through the turnstiles, by which time the next lot would be on their heels, would cause intolerable congestion (some of it on the stairs leading down from the street), so they don't do it.
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