SEPTA Routes 101 and 102
also known as the
Media–Sharon Hill Line
, are light rail
lines operated by the Suburban Transit Division
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation
. The routes' eastern terminus is 69th Street
Terminal in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania; Route 101 provides service to Media, Route 102 to Sharon Hill.
Along with SEPTA Route 100
routes are the remaining lines of the Red Arrow trolley system once
operated by the Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company,
(successor to the Philadelphia and Western
); some local residents still call them "the Red
and 102 run together on their exclusive right-of-way from Upper Darby to
Drexel Hill Junction, where they diverge.
continues on its own right-of-way traveling west and southwest
Hill and Springfield with an important stop
at the Springfield Mall before entering the street in Media.
has double tracks to Woodland Avenue, then a single track to just
before Pine Ridge, then enters the street at Bowling
Green in Media and runs on a single track the rest of the
Cars in the street must yield to the trolley.
the only suburban town in the United States to have a trolley down the middle of its main
The line terminates in the middle of the street just
after the Delaware County
runs southeast from Drexel Hill Junction through Drexel Hill and Clifton Heights and then goes into the street in Aldan. After Aldan, it returns to its own right-of-way, then passes
through Collingdale before terminating at Chester Pike in Sharon Hill.
has double tracks until up to North
Street in Collingdale, where the 102 returns to its own
right-of-way, and after North Street, there is a single track until
the end of the line.
contains two stops along both lines. Route 101 stops at Springfield
Road in Springfield. Route 102 line stops at Springfield Road in
Heights, then joins this street until it moves onto
Woodlawn Avenue through Aldan.
Heavy steel interurban cars like this
ran on the Red Arrow until the 1970s.
There were also two other, now defunct, Red Arrow trolley lines.
direct ancestor of the SEPTA Route
104 bus line went to West Chester, splitting off from the rest of the system right
after 69th Street
Terminal onto West Chester
The tracks continued all the way up West Chester
Pike. West Chester trolleys were replaced by buses in 1954 due to
widening of West Chester Pike; rush-hour trippers to Westgate Hills
lasted until 1958. Tracks remained in use for access to the Red
Arrow's carbarn in Llanerch until SEPTA closed the barn in 1971; all tracks
were soon removed except for a portion near 69th Street that SEPTA
occasionally uses to store out-of service trolleys.
now-defunct Red Arrow trolley line went to Ardmore until December 1966.
It split from the West
Chester line at Llanerch and continued on its own exclusive
right-of-way. Much of the right-of-way still remains between
Schauffele Plaza in Ardmore (the former terminus of the line) and
Eagle Road in Havertown, although the tracks were removed and the
right-of-way paved for dedicated use by the replacement bus line,
now SEPTA Route 103
. The 103 still
uses this private right-of-way, although much of its other street
routing has changed.
Route 101 – Media
Route 101 LRV in Media
Off-road travel outside Media
Route 102 – Sharon Hill
Front of Route 102 LRV
- The official name of the lines are simply "Route 101 and 102,"
as indicated by SEPTA's official map ( 102) and official schedule ( 101 102),