80th Street–Eastwick station
Restroom at the center of Eastwick Loop
Island Avenue near 81st Street|
|Owned by||Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority|
80th Street – Eastwick station, also known as Island & 80th or Eastwick Loop, is a SEPTA trolley terminal station in Philadelphia. It is the western terminus of the SEPTA Subway–Surface Route 36 trolley and is located at Island Avenue near its former intersection with 80th Street near Interstate 95 in the Eastwick neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia. The Eastwick station of the SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Line, which serves Philadelphia International Airport, is within walking distance of the station. North of Eastwick Loop, the trolleys travel in an unpaved median parallel to Island Avenue until entering the street at Buist Avenue.
Eastwick Loop in its current form was established during the 1980s. Prior to that point the western terminus of the Route 36 trolley was moved around to several locations in southwestern Philadelphia. Service was cut back to 94th Street & Eastwick Avenue on September 9, 1956, then again to 88th Street on August 15, 1962, and a third time to 84th Street on January 5, 1966. Service was restored to 88th Street on December 11, 1972, before being truncated to its current terminus at 80th Street on April 26, 1975. In 1985, Island Avenue was converted into a new bridge over the SEPTA Airport Line near the station, and the intersection of 80th Street and Eastwick Avenue was replaced by a frontage road loop on the north side of the tracks. Today's current trolley loop is located on the northwest corner of this bridge. Some of the former termini of the line are now located within the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.
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