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SEPTA's Subway-Surface Trolley Route 34, also called the Baltimore Avenue-Subway Line, is a trolley line operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) that connects the 13th Street station in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to the Angora Loop station in the Angora neighborhood of West Philadelphia.

SEPTA Route 34
SEPTA Subway–Surface Trolley Lines
4500 Baltimore Avenue.jpg
SEPTA'S Route 34 trolley in the
4500 block of Baltimore Avenue
Overview
SystemSubway-Surface Trolley Lines
TerminiAngora, Philadelphia
Center City, Philadelphia
Stations10
Operation
Depot(s)Elmwood Carhouse
Technical
Line length10.1 mi (16.3 km)[citation needed]
Track gauge5 ft 2 14 in (1,581 mm)[1][2]
Electrificationoverhead lines
Route map

13th Street–Market SEPTA Subway-Surface trolley lines
Suburban
Station
SEPTA Regional Rail15th Street SEPTA Subway-Surface trolley lines
30th Street
Main Linesubway
SEPTA Subway-Surface trolley linesSEPTA Regional RailAmtrakNJ Transit
Northeast & Keystone Corridors
to points north and west
32nd Street Tunnel
to Airport,Newark,Elwyn
33rd Street
 10  36th Street
36th Street
37th Street
40th Street Portal
 11   13   36  Woodland Avenue
Baltimore & 41st
Baltimore & 42nd
Baltimore & 43rd
Baltimore & 44th
Baltimore & 45th
Baltimore & 46th
Baltimore & 47th
Baltimore & 48th
Baltimore & Florence
Baltimore & 49th
Baltimore & 50th
Baltimore & 51st
Baltimore & 52nd
Baltimore & Broomall
Baltimore & 53rd
Baltimore & 54th
Baltimore & 55th
Baltimore & 56th
Baltimore & 57th
Baltimore & 58th
Baltimore & 59th
Baltimore & 60th
61st – Baltimore

At 10.1 miles (16.3 km), it is the shortest of SEPTA's five Subway–Surface Trolley Lines, which operate on street-level tracks in West Philadelphia and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and in a shared subway with rapid transit trains in Center City.[3]

Contents

Route descriptionEdit

Starting from its eastern end at the 13th Street station, Route 34 runs in a tunnel under Market Street. It stops at underground stations at 15th Street, 19th Street, 22nd Street, 30th Street, and 33rd Street. From 15th to 30th Streets, it runs on the outer tracks in the same tunnel as SEPTA's Market–Frankford Line.

Passengers may transfer free of charge to the Market–Frankford Line at 13th, 15th, and 30th Streets and to the Broad Street Line at 15th Street. Connections to the SEPTA Regional Rail are also available. Underground passageways connect the 13th and 15th Street Stations to Jefferson Station and Suburban Station.

Route 34 surfaces at the 40th Street Portal near 40th Street and Baltimore Avenue (US 13), then heads west on Baltimore until it ends at a loop at 61st Street.

HistoryEdit

 
1911 map shows the proposed streetcar Routes 113 and 187, whose tracks would decades later be used by SEPTA's Route 34.

The Delaware County and Philadelphia Electric Railway Company installed transit tracks for horsecars running along Baltimore Avenue as early as 1890, but it was the arrival of the electrified trolley two years later that allowed the extension of the line westward to the new community of Angora.[4]

The line was routed into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on December 15, 1906. The route was called the Angora Line until it was given the number 34 in 1911.[3]

StationsEdit

All stations are in the City of Philadelphia.

Neighborhood/

location

Images Station or stop Connections Notes
Market East   13th Street   Market–Frankford Line
  SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 27, 31, 32
Station closed between 12:30-5:00am
Penn Center   15th Street   Regional Rail (at Suburban Station)
  Market–Frankford Line
  Broad Street Line (at City Hall station)
  SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 4, 16, 17, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 48
  SEPTA Suburban Bus: 124, 125
Eastern terminus between 12:30-5:00am
  19th Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 17, 31, 38, 44, 48, 62, 78
  SEPTA Suburban Bus: 124
Center City West   22nd Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 7, 31, 44, 62
  SEPTA Suburban Bus: 124, 125
Replaces former 24th Street station served by 31, 37, 38
University City   30th Street   Amtrak, NJ Transit, Regional Rail (at 30th Street Station)
  Market–Frankford Line
  SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 31, 49, LUCY
Direct passageway to 30th Street Station is closed
  33rd Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 30, 31, 49, LUCY
Serves Drexel University
  36th Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 11, 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 21
Serves University of Pennsylvania
  37th Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 11, 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 40, 42, LUCY
Serves University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Spruce Hill   40th Street Portal   SEPTA Trolleys: 11, 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 30, 40, 42, LUCY
Terminus of Routes 11 and 13 concurrency
41st & Baltimore
  42nd & Baltimore   SEPTA City Bus: 30
43rd & Baltimore
44th & Baltimore
  45th & Baltimore
46th & Baltimore
Cedar Park 47th & Baltimore
  48th & Baltimore (westbound)   SEPTA City Bus: 64
  Florence & Baltimore (eastbound)   SEPTA City Bus: 64


49th & Baltimore   SEPTA City Bus: 64
50th & Baltimore
51st & Baltimore
52nd & Baltimore]] (westbound)   SEPTA City Bus: 52
Angora Broomall & Baltimore (eastbound)   SEPTA City Bus: 52
53rd & Baltimore
54th & Baltimore
55th & Baltimore
56th & Baltimore
57th & Baltimore
58th & Baltimore   SEPTA City Bus: 46, G Walking distance to Media/Elwyn Line at Angora Regional Rail station
59th & Baltimore
60th & Baltimore   SEPTA City Bus: 46
  61st & Baltimore Also known as Angora Loop

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The history of trolley cars and routes in Philadelphia". SEPTA. 1974-06-01. p. 2. Retrieved 2014-06-11. An early city ordinance prescribed that all tracks were to have a gauge of 2' ​2 14"
  2. ^ Hilton, George W.; Due, John Fitzgerald (2000-01-01). "The Electric Interurban Railways in America". Stanford University Press. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  3. ^ a b "Studio 34's Eponymous Trolley, or, A Short History of Route 34". Studio 34. Studio 34: Yoga Healing Arts. 2008. Archived from the original on 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  4. ^ In 1894, the line was extended to Media. Springirth, Kenneth C. (2007). Suburban Philadelphia Trolleys. Arcadia Publishing. p. 8. ISBN 9780738550435.

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