SEPTA: Trolley tracks will not be paved over
Long-unused trolley tracks in Center City will survive a repaving project, said Darin Gatti, chief engineer of the Streets Department.
Contrary to published reports, the tracks on 11th and 12th streets will not be covered with asphalt when those streets are repaved in the next two months, Gatti said Wednesday.
The repaving is part of a $9 million effort to repave many of the streets between Market and South streets and Front and Broad streets. The work is scheduled to continue until about Thanksgiving.
Buses replaced trolleys on 11th and 12th streets (Route 23) in 1992 in what SEPTA said was a temporary move. Trolley advocates have urged that the tracks be maintained to allow the return of the vehicles, and new tracks and overhead power wires were installed on the northern end of Route 23 in Chestnut Hill in 2007 to keep that option alive.
- Paul Nussbaum