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Philadelphia - April 2001
   

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Philadelphia  –  PCC Project

Rail Transit Online, April 2001

Specifications for the proposed rebuilding of 18 PCC cars that would be used to resume streetcar service on Route 15-Girard are undergoing final review before being issued to prospective bidders (see RTOL, Jan. 2001).  The job will include replacement of the accelerator with a DC chopper, fitting of new stainless steel step wells, the addition of air conditioning, installation of a wheelchair lift at the center door (the choice of the lift type will be made by the winning bidder) and re-use of existing trucks and motors.  This will extend the service life of the cars for 15 years, when it would be time to replace the existing Kawasaki fleet used on the five subway-surface lines.  Eighteen firms have reportedly indicated they would be interested in bidding on the work, and a pre-proposal meeting will be held on Apr. 9 at SEPTA's Market Street offices.  The schedule is demanding, as SEPTA would like to place the line in service in April 2002, a very ambitious target date.  Fifteen PCCs would replace the 13 buses now used on the line, leaving three spare streetcars.  Some concern has been expressed that this may be an inadequate reserve, so there has been discussion of expanding the number of cars to be rehabilitated. The line will likely operate out of Callow Hill depot for some time until the location of a long-term storage and maintenance facility plan is agreed to by the city and SEPTA. 

 

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