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Jolly Trolley Returns; Delaware Service Win; PATCO Changes


Jolly Trolley: Watch out for trains and trolleys decked out in the holiday spirit as SEPTA has brought the Jolly Trolley back starting this week. Random trains along the Broad Street and Trolley Lines are all gussied up for the holidays. We won't judge you if it makes you burst out into a spontaneous Christmas carol, trust us! No word on whether the Elf of the Shelf has been brought on to take control of the Dude, It's Rude etiquette campaign during the holiday season. Here's where to find them!

Delaware: Remember that petition from David Curtis to improve the Regional Rail service to Wilmington? Technically Philly reports that, much like Conrad Benner's 24-hour subway service petition, it worked. More trains will make the the trip from Philadelphia into Wilmington. Check out the interview with Curtis, who says that it wasn't his involvement that made it happen, it was the 1,700 people who signed the original petition.

PATCO: Several upgrades to the PATCO experience are on the way, most notably to the platform messaging boards, reports KYW. Gone are the schedules and changes over the anitquated loud speaker, soon to be replaced with clearer video boards and a "new, state-of-the-art VMS, or variable message system." Look for these improvements to happen sometime in January.

Philly Bike Share: Will the bike share be available to citizens of all income levels? That's the basis for this piece by Eyes On The Street, who looks at how Philly Bike Share plans to incorporate the soon-to-be-implemented alternative transportation option into lower income neighborhoods. 20 out of the initial 60 rental kiosks will be located in such areas. Check out how Philly Bike Share seeks to make the exciting new system accessible to everyone.

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