SEPTA working around problems to fix trolley tunnel

Listen
SEPTA will close trolley tunnels on nights and weekends starting Friday for maintenance and cleaning. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA will close trolley tunnels on nights and weekends starting Friday for maintenance and cleaning. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA is returning to work on the trolley tunnel between City Hall and 38th Street.  Work was suspended when safety issue came up with Silverliner V regional rail cars. 

SEPTA General Manager Jeff Kneuppel says they will work nights and weekends to do repairs in the trolley tunnel instead of shutting it down for an extended period of time.

“We will not operate into the tunnel on three different weekends and then for two weeks at night we will have an early outage from 8:30 pm to 4:30 am.”

The goal is to do almost the same amount of work in a time shifted setup says Knueppel.

“The intent is to minimize the impact on our riders.  It’s kind of different.  The reason we came up with a different approach to the blitz this year is that we can stop and start the work a is the type track work that we have.  It’s just fortunate that we can stop and start the work is  little easier than in past years.”

The goal is to finish before school students and others return after Labor Day.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.