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SEPTA’s 13th Street Station after the 2019 Trolley Tunnel Blitz

SEPTA will be closing the Subway-Surface trolley tunnel for 16 days starting July 9th at 10 pm to perform extensive maintenance. In the meantime, as per usual, trolley cars will be diverted to serve 40th & Market Streets, which allow for a free transfer to the Market-Frankford Line. The closure of the trolley tunnel for maintenance during the summer is referred to as the Trolley Tunnel blitz.

As part of the closure, SEPTA plans to completely rebuild the platforms at 22nd Street Station, replace curved tracks by 15th and 37th Street Stations, and perform deep cleaning throughout the entire tunnel.

Since 2014, SEPTA has been closing down the Subway-Surface trolley tunnel once a year for extensive work. This work is performed during the summer in order to maintain service in the trolley tunnels, which sees on average 700 vehicle trips per day. The term “Trolley Tunnel Blitz” Refers to the tunnels themselves being worked on as sort of a blitz play. The tunnel brings routes 10, 11, 13, 34, and 36 to Center City without sitting in Center City traffic.

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I have been with Virtual Transit Center since it's conception as the "Dash Forums" back in 2008. Since then, I have been writing and doing YouTube side by side, focusing both on Transportation and Gaming. Most of my knowledge comes from SEPTA as I lived in Philadelphia for most of my life. As of 2021, I am on YouTube as DashTransit, Dash5155, and TheDashOfficial.

As for the name DashTransit itself, it actually stems from my YouTube channel.

DashTransit was originally called "njt5329" and the channel was just clips of buses. Mostly SEPTA and NJT. A Fujifilm Finepix was used in this era.

Starting in July 2011, the Canon SX130IS camera became the camera of the channel, bringing HD documentary-style videos much like my buddy (trainman1971) did for DVD for many years past. This is when the channel became known as "Transit Action Series"

In May 2012, the original Canon SX130IS retired, and then all videos were recorded off a mobile phone until eventually uploaded proved too difficult due to hardships IRL

Starting in 2017, I used a Canon SX200IS from Bastranz to reboot the channel that otherwise was dead for a whole year prior.

Between April 19th, 2019, and January 21st, 2021, all videos were recorded by a Canon SX710 HS camera. The channel was renamed DashTransit 4/19/19.

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