36th Street station (SEPTA)

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36th Street
36th Street Station SEPTA.jpg
Station platform
Location36th and Sansom Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′14″N 75°11′41″W / 39.953890°N 75.194630°W / 39.953890; -75.194630Coordinates: 39°57′14″N 75°11′41″W / 39.953890°N 75.194630°W / 39.953890; -75.194630
Owned bySEPTA
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsSEPTA City Bus: 21
Structure typeUnderground
OpenedNovember 1955[1]
ElectrifiedOverhead lines
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
37th Street
toward Darby T.C.
Route 11 33rd Street
37th Street Route 13
37th Street Route 34
37th Street Route 36
36th Street is located in Philadelphia
36th Street
36th Street
Location within Philadelphia

36th Street station is a SEPTA trolley station in Philadelphia.[2] It is located at the intersection of Sansom and 36th Streets, and serves Routes 11, 13, 34, and 36 of the SEPTA subway–surface trolley lines. Trolleys serving this station go eastbound to Center City Philadelphia and westbound to the neighborhoods of Eastwick and Angora, as well as the Delaware County suburbs of Yeadon and Darby.

The station is located adjacent to the Institute of Contemporary Art[3] and is two blocks away from the 36th Street Portal station, which serves the Route 10 trolley.


Station entrance at 36th and Sansom streets

The station was opened in November 1955 by the Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC) as part of a larger project to move portions of the elevated Market Street Line and surface trolleys underground.[1] The original project to bury the elevated tracks between 23rd to 46th streets was announced by the PTC's predecessor, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company (PRT), in the 1920s, but was delayed due to the Great Depression and World War II.[4] The PTC's revised project also included a new tunnel for trolleys underneath the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, continuing from the original western portal at 23rd and Market streets to new portals at 36th and Ludlow streets and 40th Street and Baltimore Avenue.[4]

The station is also sometimes known as Sansom Common station, referring to a former name used by the University of Pennsylvania to market retail in the area.[5][6]

Station layout[edit]

The station has two low-level side platforms, each capable of platforming two trolleys at a time. Fares are collected manually on board the trolley cars.

G Street level Entrance/exit, buses
M Mezzanine Connection between platforms
Platform level
Side platform
Westbound      Routes 11, 13, 34, 36 toward West Philadelphia (37th Street)
Eastbound      Routes 11, 13, 34, 36 toward 13th Street (33rd Street)
Side platform


  1. ^ a b Puckett, John L. and Mark Frazier Lloyd. Becoming Penn: The Pragmatic American University, 1950-2000, p. 35, at Google Books, accessed May 31, 2020.
  2. ^ Springirth, Kenneth C. (2016). Philadelphia Electrified Rail Lines In Color. Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Morning Sun Books Inc. ISBN 978-1-5824-8498-3.
  3. ^ "Visit". ICA Philadelphia. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  4. ^ a b John L. Puckett. "Putting the Market Street Elevated Underground". West Philadelphia Collaborative History. University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Sansom Common now '36th and Walnut'". January 14, 2002. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  6. ^ "U. of Pennsylvania to build hotel and commercial hub Sansom Common, Perelman Quadrangle to change face of area". January 22, 1988. Retrieved June 2, 2020.

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