Philadelphia

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Overview - Philadelphia

Located on the Delaware River, Philadelphia is the largest city by population in Pennsylvania. It has approximately 1,584,000 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2018. The Philadelphia metropolitan area (Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington) comprised 6,096,372 residents as of the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate.


Philadelphia's rapid transit network consists of three rapid transit lines, one light metro line, two light rail lines, and subway-surface streetcars with five branches. It also has a standard streetcar line and 15 commuter rail lines, 13 of which converge in a city center tunnel and one of which is a diesel light rail line running exclusively on the New Jersey side.

SEPTA City Transit Division

SEPTA's City Transit Division contains two rapid transit lines, five subway-surface streetcar lines, and a standard streetcar line that serve the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Broad Street Line

The Broad Street Line is a 20.1 km rapid transit line on a North-South alignment. Running primarily under Broad Street, it runs from Fern Rock Transportation Center in the north to Pattison (NRG) station in the south, with a spur (Broad Ridge Spur) to 8th and Market. It serves 25 stations.


The Broad Street Line was opened in September 1928 and the last extension to the line was in March 1991 when express tracks were completed from Erie to Olney. The Broad Street Line is owned by the City of Philadelphia and operated by SEPTA.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Broad Street Line8-12'7'15'15'*1
Broad Ridge Spur20'7'20'No Service

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

*1 - Combined local and express service shown. See timetable for express service.

Market-Frankford Line

The Market-Frankford Line is a 20.76 km rapid transit line on a Northeast-West alignment. Running primarily on Market Street and Frankford Avenue, it runs from 69th Street Transportation Center in the west to Frankford Transportation Center station in the northeast, serving 28 stations.


The Market-Frankford Line was opened in March 1907 (only parts of Market Street portion) and the last extension to the line was in 2003 when the Frankford Transportation Center was built, replacing the old terminal. The Market-Frankford Line is owned by the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA and operated by SEPTA.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Market-Frankford Line6-12'4'10-12'10-12'*1

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

*1 - During Rush Hours, the MFL operates with a Skip-Stop service pattern.
Trains alternate between certain stations. See timetable for details.

Subway-Surface Lines

The Subway-Surface Lines (10, 11, 13, 34, 36) are a 63.7 km streetcar and light rail network on an East-West alignment. All services use a tunnel under Market Street adjacent to the Market-Frankford Line from 33rd Street in the west to 13th Street in the east, with all lines other than Line 1 also stopping at 36th and 37th street stations in the tunnel. In the west, Line 10 continues to Overbrook via Lancaster Ave. Line 11 continues to Darby via Woodland Ave. Line 13 continues to Darby via Chester Ave. Line 34 continues to Angora via Baltimore Ave. Line 36 continues to Eastwick via Elmwood Ave.


The Subway-Surface lines are owned and operated by SEPTA.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
1010-15'5-7'15-20'20-30'
1110-15'6-7'15-20'20-30'
1310-15'4-6'12-20'20-30'*1
3410-15'4-5'12-15'20'
3610-15'8'12-15'20-30'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

*1 - See timetables for service past Yeadon Loop

Girard Avenue Line (15)

The Girard Avenue Line is a 13.5 km streetcar line on an East-West alignment running primarily along Girard Avenue.


The Girard Avenue Line was opened in 1859 and was reopened in 2005 after being closed in 1992. Service currently terminates at Frakford and Delaware (Northern Liberties Loop) while the section east of Frankford Avenue is reconstructed. As of Jan 25, 2020, the entire line is temporarily closed until late 2021/2022 for rolling stock restoration and construction works. The Girard Avenue Line is operated by SEPTA.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
1515'10'15-20'15-20'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

SEPTA Suburban Division

SEPTA's Suburban Division contains three interurban light rail lines that serve the western suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one of which is completely grade separated and acts as a light metro line.

Norristown High Speed Line

The Norristown High Speed Line is a 21.6 km light metro line on a North-South alignment. It runs from Norristown Transportation Center in the north to 69th Street Transportation Center in the south, serving 22 stations.


The Norristown High Speed Line was opened in 1907. The Norristown High Speed Line is operated by SEPTA.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Norristown HSL30'5-10'20'30'*1

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

*1 - Some trains run express or only run as far as Bryn Mawr during rush hours. See timetables for more information.

Media-Sharon Hill Line (101, 102)

The former Red Arrow Media (101) and Sharon Hill (102) Lines are a 19.2 km light rail network on an East-Southwest alignment running from the 69th Street Transportation Center in the east to Media and Sharon Hill in the west.


The Sharon Hill Line was opened in 1906 and the Media Line was opened in 1913. The Media and Sharon Hills Lines are operated by SEPTA.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
10120'6-14'30'30'*1
10220'15'30'30'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

*1 - Some trains run express on shared portion with 102 during rush hours. Refer to timetable for more information

PATCO

The Port Authority Transit Corporation operates a single rapid transit line between Philadelphia and its New Jersey suburbs.

PATCO Speedline

The PATCO Speedline is a 22.9 km rapid transit line on an East-West alignment. It runs from Lindenwold in the east to 15-16th & Locust in Downtown Philadelphia in the west via Camden, New Jersey, serving 13 stations.


The PATCO Speedline was opened in 1969. The PATCO Speedline is owned by the Delaware River Port Authority and is operated by PATCO.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
PATCO12'5'15'20'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

New Jersey Transit

Within the Philadelphia area, New Jersey Transit operates a commuter rail line and a diesel light rail line.

River Line

The River Line is a 55 km diesel light rail line on a northeast-southwest alignment primarily paralleling the Delaware River. It runs from Trenton in the northeast to Camden's Entertainment Center in the southwest, serving 21 stations.


The River Line was opened in March 2004. The River Line is owned by New Jersey Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
River LINE30'15'30'30'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

Atlantic City Line

The Atlantic City Line is a commuter rail line on an east-west alignment. It runs from Atlantic City in the east to Philadelphia 30th Street Station in the west along the White Horse Pike corridor, serving 9 stations.


The Atlantic City Line was reopened in May 1989. The latest expansion to service was the opening of the Pennsauken Transit Center in October 2013. The Atlantic City Line is operated by New Jersey Transit.

SEPTA Regional Rail

SEPTA's Regional Rail network consists of 13 commuter rail lines running through a city center tunnel called the City Center Commuter Connection (CCCC), which serves all lines except for the Cynwyd Line, which terminates at Suburban Station. All strip maps below treat the section from 30th Street Station to Temple University as the CCCC and use that icon for transfers in order to simplify the map. The section between the CCCC and Glenside station (Glenside Combined) is listed here under the Warminster Line. All station counts include the CCCC. All SEPTA Regional Rail services are operated by SEPTA Regional Rail.

Airport Line

The Airport Line is a regional rail line on a northeast-southwest alignment. It runs from all airport terminals in the southwest to Temple University on the CCCC in the northeast, serving 10 stations and with through service to Glenside and Warminster.


The Airport Line was opened in April 1985.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
R1 Airport30'30'30'30'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020

Chestnut Hill East Line

The Chestnut Hill East Line is a regional rail line on a north-south alignment. It runs from Chestnut Hill East in the north to 30th Street Station on the CCCC in the south, serving 14 stations and with through service to Trenton.

Chestnut Hill West Line

The Chestnut Hill West Line is a regional rail line on a north-south alignment. It runs from Chestnut Hill West in the north to Temple University on the CCCC in the south, serving 14 stations and with through service to Fox Chase.

Cynwyd Line

The Cynwyd Line is a regional rail line on a northwest-southeast alignment. It runs from Cynwyd in the northwest to Suburban Station on the CCCC in the southeast, serving 5 stations.


The Cynwyd Line was cut back to Cynwyd from Ivy Ridge in May 1986.

Fox Chase Line

The Fox Chase Line is a regional rail line on a northeast-southwest alignment. It runs from Fox Chase in the northeast to 30th Street Station on the CCCC in the southwest, serving 10 stations and with through service to Chestnut Hill West.

Lansdale/Doylestown Line

The Lansdale/Doylestown Line is a regional rail line on a north-south alignment. It runs from Lansdale and Doylestown in the north to 30th Street Station on the CCCC in the south, serving 28 stations and with through service to Paoli and Thorndale (Weekdays) and Marcus Hook and Wilmington (Weekends). Only service to Lansdale is shown on the strip map above. Elkins and Melrose Park are not shown on the strip map above since nearly all Lansdale/Doylestown services bypass those stations as of the October 2019 timetable.

Manayunk/Norristown Line

The Manayunk/Norristown Line is a regional rail line on a northwest-south alignment. It runs from Norristown in the northwest to 30th Street Station on the CCCC in the south, serving 16 stations. Some trains continue along the Media/Elwin Line or the Wilmington/Newark Line.

Media/Elwyn Line

The Media/Elwyn Line is a regional rail line on an east-west alignment. It runs from Elwyn in the west to Temple University on the CCCC in the south, serving 19 stations and with through service to Norristown and West Trenton.

Paoli/Thorndale Line

The Paoli/Thorndale Line is a regional rail line on an east-west alignment. It runs from Thorndale and Malvern in the west to Temple University on the CCCC in the south, serving 26 stations and with through service to Lansdale/Doylestown (Weekdays) and West Trenton (Weekends). Only service to Malvern is shown on the strip map above.

Trenton Line

The Trenton Line is a regional rail line on an east-west alignment serving local stations on the Northeast Corridor. It runs from Trenton in the east to Temple University on the CCCC in the west, serving 15 stations and with through service to Chestnut Hill East.

Warminster Line

The Warminster Line is a regional rail line on a north-south alignment. It runs from Warminster in the north to 30th Street Station on the CCCC in the south via Glenside, serving 17 stations and with through service to the Airport.

West Trenton Line

The West Trenton Line is a regional rail line on a northeast-south alignment. It runs from West Trenton in the northeast to 30th Street Station on the CCCC in the south, serving 23 stations and with through service to Elwyn (Weekdays) and Malvern and Thorndale (Weekends).

Wilmington/Newark Line

The Wilmington/Newark Line is a regional rail line on a northeast-southwest alignment. It runs from Newark, Wilmington, and Marcus Hook in the southwest to Temple University on the CCCC in the northeast, serving 22 stations. Some trains continue to Norristown (Weekdays) and Doylestown (Weekends).

References & Helpful Links

SEPTA at Wikipedia

SEPTA Regional Rail at Wikipedia

PATCO at Wikipedia

River Line at Wikipedia

Atlantic City Line at Wikipedia

Official Website for SEPTA: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Official Website for PATCO: Port Authority Transit Corporation

Official Website for River Line: New Jersey Transit

Official Website for New Jersey Transit Commuter Rail: New Jersey Transit


Maps

All Official Maps - Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority [Last Accessed Jan 14, 2020]

All Official Maps - Port Authority Transit Corporation [Last Accessed Jan 14, 2020]

Official System Map - SEPTA [PDF] [Last Accessed Jan 14, 2020]

Official Line Map - River Line [PDF] [Last Accessed Jan 14, 2020]

Official System Map - New Jersey Transit Commuter Rail [PDF] [Last Accessed Jan 14, 2020]


Unofficial Map - SEPTA Regional Rail and Rapid Transit [April 2016] by Sam Winfield (www.transitmap.net) - Full


Other Sources

Philadelphia, USA at Urbanrail.net

Asset Notes

SEPTA and PATCO route colors taken from official SEPTA map as of October 2019.

SEPTA Regional Rail colors taken from route timetables as of October 2019. SEPTA text color taken from Regional Rail color on SEPTA map as of October 2019.

River Line line colors taken from October 2019 official River Line map.

New Jersey Transit rail line colors taken from June 2019 official NJT Rail map. New Jersey Transit text color taken from official NJ Transit logo.


Last Updated: Jan 25, 2020

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