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Girard Avenue trolley off track until Christmas

Gir­ard Av­en­ue's icon­ic green-and-cream trol­leys will go off­line start­ing Oct. 30 due to track work.

The his­tor­ic Route 15 trol­leys will be miss­ing from the river wards from Hal­loween straight through Christ­mas Eve.

SEPTA spokes­man An­drew Busch said today that the trol­leys would be re­placed by buses start­ing Sunday, Oct. 30 due to track re­place­ment in West Phil­adelphia.

They are sched­uled to re­turn Dec. 24, though weath­er could im­pact the con­struc­tion sched­ule.

Busch said the trol­leys will be us­ing the newly con­struc­ted Frank­ford Av­en­ue loop — a sec­tion of track that re­dir­ects the trol­ley at the Sug­ar­House casino on Delaware Av­en­ue — but that there is no date set for when that change will take place.

The loop was put in place earli­er this year to pre­pare for con­struc­tion on a sec­tion of the track that takes the trol­ley un­der In­ter­state 95 be­fore head­ing north on Rich­mond Street.

PennDOT is sched­uled to re­place that sec­tion of the tracks and much of Rich­mond Street dur­ing an on­go­ing I-95 widen­ing pro­ject, and Rich­mond Street is ex­pec­ted to be without the trol­ley for sev­er­al years.

Busch said SEPTA will start us­ing the Frank­ford Av­en­ue loop when PennDOT closes the Rich­mond Street sec­tion.

“The use of the loop and shut­tling on that por­tion will start in con­junc­tion with PennDOT’s work on the Gir­ard/I-95 in­ter­change,” Busch said  “We’ll ba­sic­ally be fol­low­ing the con­struc­tion sched­ule PennDOT has for that pro­ject. We will re­turn full trol­ley ser­vice to East Gir­ard/Rich­mond as soon as the PennDOT pro­ject at the in­ter­change is com­pleted.”

Route 15 cov­ers all of Gir­ard Av­en­ue start­ing at 63rd Street in Had­ding­ton and ends at Rich­mond and West­mo­re­land streets in Port Rich­mond.••

Re­port­er Bri­an Rademaekers can be reached at 215-354-3039 or brademaekers@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at brademaekers@bsmphilly.com.

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