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Vehicle Technology Analysis for SEPTA Routes 29 and 79

Product No.: 13028
Date Published: 7/2015

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Geographic Area Covered: Philadelphia, PA

Abstract: This report compares the costs and benefits of: (1) trackless trolley service restoration; (2) continued diesel-electric hybrid bus service and removal of trackless trolley infrastructure; and (3) a battery-electric bus pilot program. This report begins with a description of routes 29 and 79, as well as the history of trackless trolley service in SEPTA’s system. The report then evaluates the experiences of peer transit agencies that have recently made capital planning decisions with regard to trackless trolley service. These sections are followed by a description of SEPTA’s long-term goals regarding local bus and trackless trolley service. The report continues with a lifecycle cost analysis comparing the three above-mentioned operating scenarios. This analysis informs a feasibility determination based on costs as well as nonmonetary factors.

Key Words: Transit, Trackless Trolley, Electric Vehicles

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