Details on 2022 40th Street Trolley Track Renewal Project

A SEPTA trolley at the 40th Street Trolley Portal
May 23, 2022 4 months ago

SEPTA is continuing their excavation and renewal work to trolley tracks on 40th Street and the curve at 42nd and Spruce that will impact travel and parking throughout the summer. At the project's end, trolley riders and vehicles traveling along 40th Street will enjoy smoother streets, refreshed line painting, and improved track components.

Beginning Tuesday, May 31st, work crews will begin pre-construction (welding) work on 40th Street between Powelton and Filbert Street which could result in a parking impact for businesses and residents on those streets. Starting June 13th, more detailed work will begin on 40th Street, and will conclude in late August, with no work occurring in July. This more extensive work will result in one block per weekend closing to vehicular traffic and interruptions to Bus Routes 40, 30, and 42. Please check for posted signs during this time, visit, or call SEPTA customer service at 215-580-7800.

The tentative schedule for this work will be:

June 13 through July 1, 2022: 40th From Filbert Street to Chestnut

  • 6/13: Begin work at 40th and Filbert
  • Weekend of June 17th through June 20th: Complete intersection of 40th and Market Streets
  • Weekend of June 24th through June 27th:
  • Complete intersection of 40th and Chestnut Streets
  • Tie in at south end of 40th and Chestnut intersection and return track to service by end of shift July 1st.

August 1, through August 19, 2022 – 40th Street, Chestnut Street to Spruce Street

  • August 1st: Begin work at 40th and Chestnut August 1st
  • Weekend of August 5th through August 8th: complete intersection of 40th and Walnut Streets.
    • Continue renewal and tie into new construction north of Spruce Street.

August 20 through August 27, 2022

  • Curve at 42nd Street and Spruce Street



  • Normal construction hours are – Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm. (Occasional weekend work may be needed.)
  • Vehicular parking will not be permitted in the construction zone or adjacent to the tracks being reconstructed.
  • Exceptions/Arrangements will be made as required for those with special needs.
  • Delivery vehicles will have limited access; drivers may have to park and carry in parcels.
  • Pedestrian access will be arranged to businesses open during construction.



  • The intersections at Market Street, Chestnut Street, and Walnut Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for one weekend each and separately. Closures will be coordinated with PennDOT and local detours accordingly.
  • The Route 40, 30, and 42 buses will be impacted at times due to this project. Check for posted signs. 
  • One block at a time will be closed. Once the closed streets are completed, they will be reopened.
  • Vehicular traffic will be restricted in the work areas.
  • Emergency vehicles will have uninterrupted access. Trash collection and other city utilities will continue to have access.
  • All side streets in the affected construction areas will be closed to through traffic. Local traffic will be permitted up to the construction site. 
  • Posted traffic detours will be erected and maintained around the work area in progress.