Philadelphia, PA: After over four years of being out of service for repair, SEPTA’s fleet of historic Presidential Conference Committee (PCC) trolley cars have finally returned to the rails today, June 16th, 2024.

SEPTA PCC Trolley, Old Logo for SEPTA Route 15
SEPTA PCC Trolley, Old Logo for SEPTA Route 15

In February 2020, SEPTA pulled all eighteen PCC-II trolley cars out of service due to, at the time, only 4 being in an operational state, and only two of those 4 being fully functional. On their last days, it was apparent that these cars had issues as they had many visible flaws. From doors being unable to close to visible rust on the bodies, these cars were clearly running on their last legs.

When SEPTA removed these cars from service in 2020, it was assumed that repairs would take eighteen months. However with many unforeseen circumstances like the pandemic, and the damage being much more than cosmetic, the repairs took much longer than expected.

On top of this, due to a massive I-95 re-construction project that was expected to take but 2 years, but ended up taking much longer, the PCC cars also haven’t run on Richmond Street and East Girard Avenue since 2011

Now that we are in 2024, the PCC cars have returned to Girard Avenue. With 8 functional cars we are about to see a true return-to-form for this line. Not only are the PCC cars back on the SEPTA Metro - G Lines (Route 15) for the first time in 4 years, but they’re also back on Richmond Street for the first time in 13 years!

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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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