Regional commission proposes updating Philadelphia's streetcar system

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A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority trolley at 42nd Street and Chester Avenue, Philadelphia in September 2016.
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PHILADELPHIA — A proposal from a regional development corporation is calling for the complete redesign of Philadelphia's streetcar routes along the lines of new or updated systems in Portland, Ore., and Toronto, Ont.

The December 2017 report, from the Philadelphia-based Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission specifically outlines the need for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to replace Kawasaki and PCC trolleys with longer streetcars or light-rail vehicles with more capacity, fewer stops, and more dedicated rights-of-way.

The report is available online. The report's proposals would touch each of the city's six trolley lines with the goal of decreasing transit times while also boosting access for disabled passengers and overall reliability.

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