Streetcar Returns to NAC’s Neighborhood
Philadelphia | 05/01/2012 1:15pm
MATT BEVILACQUA | NEXT AMERICAN CITY
Good news for residents of North Philadelphia this week: After several months of track work, a streetcar is once again running along Girard Avenue. For nearly a century, beginning in 1895, an electric trolley ran along this east-west corridor just north of Center City (previously, horse-drawn carts traversed the same route). In 1992, the city’s regional transit authority, SEPTA, replaced Trolley Route 15 with a bus line, citing mounting infrastructure maintenance and repair costs. Thirteen years later, however, the agency decided to restore the streetcar line, investing $56 million into modernizing the aged infrastructure.
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