You can find on this page the Philadelphia tram map to print and to download in PDF. The Philadelphia trams map presents the network, zones, stations and different lines of the tramway of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania - USA.

Philadelphia tramway map

Map of Philadelphia trams

The Philadelphia tram map shows all the stations and lines of the Philadelphia tramways. This tramway map of Philadelphia will allow you to easily plan your routes in the trams of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania - USA. The Philadelphia tram map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.

For more than 150 years tramways have served the Philadelphia area and helped Center City Philadelphia retain its commercial, retail, and entertainment supremacy in an ever-expanding region. Although the motive power switched from horses to electricity (with short detours into steam and cable), most change has been evolutionary rather than revolutionary (see Philadelphia tramway map). Perhaps the greatest transformation took place in the early twentieth century when the combination of rising working-class wages and regulated fares allowed streetcars, once a middle-class means of transport, to become a key component of a truly heterogeneous mass transit system. Because of the tramways importance to urban life, twice they played key roles in the civil rights movement in Philadelphia.

Despite National City Lines efforts, Philadelphia retained a large network of tramways through the 1970s. In 1968 the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) acquired the PTC and initially no changes took place in the existing streetcar network. However, in 1975 a fire at the Woodland car barn destroyed approximately sixty of the PCC cars and SEPTA began to abandon tramway routes again. Following the purchase of new tramways for the subway-surface lines in West Philadelphia in the early 1980s, SEPTA retired its PCC cars and abandoned all remaining surface tramways by 1992 as its shown in Philadelphia tramway map. In 2005, SEPTA rebuilt a small fleet of PCC cars and reintroduced tramway service on the Route 15 between Port Richmond and West Philadelphia via the Philadelphia Zoo.

In the suburbs of Philadelphia, very few tramways lines survived the Great Depression. The notable exception was the Red Arrow system radiating from Sixty-ninth Street Terminal. Although buses replaced the trolleys to West Chester in 1954 and Ardmore in 1966, the two remaining routes (to Media and Sharon Hill as you can see in Philadelphia tramway map) are today still operated by SEPTA, which acquired Red Arrow in 1970. Starting in 1981, SEPTA reequipped both lines with a fleet of trolleys similar to the cars used on the subway-surface lines in the city.