Work at the 40th Street Trolley Portal site is nearly complete. Elements such as the boulders, custom seats, trees, concrete pavers, and tree plaques have all been added to the space, and recently wildflowers began to bloom on the raised mounds. Indego has relocated their bike share station to 40th and Baltimore. We are targeting the beginning of June for the installation of new lighting poles and lights. Additional elements such as seating, trash and recycling containers, will be added in the next two months. Construction activity has not interrupted trolley service, and we are moving forward in creating a dynamic public space for local residents, employees and commuters.

The team behind the restaurant Trolley Car Station has announced the hiring of Happy Hatab as their new Executive Chef. Hatab is a graduate of Johnson and Wales' culinary arts program and has been in the industry for almost 20 years. During his extensive career, he has worked at Daniel Stern's Rae at the Cira Center and served as Executive Chef of White Dog Cafe. Happy has recently returned to Philadelphia after touring the US and several countries refining his technique and knowledge in the culinary arts. Happy brings a passion for the industry with a focus on local and sustainable ingredients, and plans on heightening the ideology of comfort cuisine. 


Although the site will undergo significant physical transformation, SEPTA trolley service will not be disrupted by the construction. The area will remain open to pedestrians for safe access. Construction of the new public space and restaurant, Trolley Car Station, is expected to be completed in July of 2018. 

Check back here for more updates as the project progresses.

40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens


Through a unique public-private partnership with SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and neighborhood stakeholders, UCD has raised $2.1 million to transform the 40th Street Trolley Portal, the busiest at-grade rail station in the city. By combining great urban design, infrastructure renewal and community engagement, UCD will transform the space from an unsightly expanse of concrete into a vibrant and social space featuring beautiful landscaping, movable seating, and a new restaurant that serves as a community asset for thousands of neighbors, commuters and local employees.
When completed, Trolley Portal Gardens will serve as a beautiful gateway for West Philadelphia trolley passengers and a welcoming public space for neighbors. The new establishment, Trolley Car Station, will be an eastern anchor on the fast-growing Baltimore Avenue business corridor, where tens of thousands of neighbors, commuters, university students, and employees from the nearby VA Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia converge.
The site design emphasizes safety and comfort for the estimated 5,000 riders who board or exit trolleys at the Portal each day. The project will improve pedestrian circulation while using cutting-edge storm water management techniques that replace impervious surfaces with lush wildflower meadow-like mounds planted with native species. The overall aesthetic improvements will enhance the commutes of nearly 60,000 riders who pass through the Portal each day. Green City Works, UCD’s full service landscaping social venture, will maintain the space, ensuring that the neighborhood’s beautification is tied to growth and opportunity for local residents.   

Thank You!

This project would not be possible without the support and collaboration of the neighborhood. UCD is excited to realize the dream of upgrading this area into a magnificent public space for thousands of neighbors, commuters, and local employees


To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Davis, Director of Development at 215-243-555 x226 or [email protected].