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SEPTA marks Philadelphia trolley's 125th anniversary

'This is a tremendous feat'

PHILADELPHIA - It has been 125 years since the first trolley started rolling through the streets of Philadelphia.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority marked the occasion Friday by unveiling a specially wrapped 125th anniversary trolley at its Elmwood District.

"This is a tremendous feat, and it's something that most other cities in the United States cannot even speak to," said Kim Heinle, assistant general manager, SEPTA. "We've had one version of an electric trolley running now for 125 years."

The trolley will operate on SEPTA's Routes 11, 13, 34 and 36 through the next year.


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