SEPTA Route 34

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SEPTA Route 34
4500 Baltimore Avenue.jpg
SEPTA'S Route 34 trolley in the
4500 block of Baltimore Avenue
Overview
System Subway-Surface Trolley Lines
Termini Angora, Philadelphia
Center City, Philadelphia
Stations 10
Operation
Depot(s) Elmwood Carhouse
Technical
Line length 10.1 mi (16.3 km)
Track gauge 5 ft 2 14 in (1,581 mm)[1][2]
Electrification overhead lines

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.

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]

Route description[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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]

Stations[edit]

All stations are in Philadelphia.

Station Other Lines Notes
13th Street 10, 11, 13, 36
15th Street 10, 11, 13, 36
19th Street 10, 11, 13, 36
22nd Street 10, 11, 13, 36
30th Street 10, 11, 13, 36
33rd Street 10, 11, 13, 36
Sansom Commons/36th Street 11, 13, 34, 36
37th/Spruce 11, 13, 36
40th Street Portal 11, 13, 36
  • Transfer to SEPTA Buses 30, 40, 42 & LUCY Routes
Baltimore Avenue 30, 46, 52, 64, G Stops on each corner between 41st and 60th Streets
Angora Loop  

References[edit]

  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: Yoga Healing Arts. 2008. 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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