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Philadelphia [US] - SEPTA (USA) Installation of Overhead Wire for Trackless Trolley Routes

M. Schindler - 07.09.05


Installation of Overhead Wire for Trackless Trolley Routes 59,66, & 75 (No. 09205)

This project includes, but is not limited to: the removal of existing trackless trolley wire and the installation of new wire for SEPTA Routes 59, 66, and 75.

Prebid meeting: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 9:30 a.m.
Room 11C, 11th Floor, 1234 Market St., Philadelphia

Deadline for Sealed Bids: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 11 a.m.

Contact: Beth Bongard at 215-580-8363


http://www.septa.org/business/over25000/bid09205.html


TRACKLESS TROLLEY ACQUISITION

This project will provide for the design and acquisition of new low-floor trackless trolleys. The existing fleet is more than 25 years old and well beyond its useful life. Due to construction work by SEPTA at the Frankford Transportation Center and the Philadelphia Housing Authority at the Tasker Housing project, buses have been operating on trackless trolley Routes 29, 59, 66, 75 and 79 in South, North and Northeast Philadelphia.
Vehicles acquired through this project will incorporate current technology and proven components, along with passenger amenities, to ensure overall safety, security and passenger comfort. Each trackless trolley will offer easy access and a public address system that will enable the operator to clearly communicate with passengers inside and outside the vehicle. For the hearing and visually impaired, an audio/visual annunciating system will be installed, which will automatically announce upcoming stops and informational messages. All vehicles will fully comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. In addition, each vehicle will be equipped with a bicycle rack.
To avoid service delays caused by short distance, temporary roadway interference, the new trackless trolleys will have limited off-wire propulsion capability to maneuver around obstacles. This project will also provide for spare components, tools and equipment
required to service these new trackless trolleys. The procurement process for this vehicle acquisition project is underway with an award to a manufacturer anticipated in the 3rd
quarter of Calendar Year 2005. The award will consist of a base order for 38 trackless trolleys with an option for 23 additional trolleys. The 38 vehicles included in the base order are scheduled for delivery in Calendar Year 2007.

Sources:

SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA
TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
FISCAL YEAR 2006 CAPITAL BUDGET
FISCAL YEARS 2006-2017 CAPITAL PROGRAM
AND
COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

APPROVED BY THE SEPTA BOARD
JUNE 23, 2005

http://www.septa.org/inside/reports/CapitalBudget06.pdf

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