Mass Transit 101: Everything You Need to Know About Public Transportation in the Philadelphia Region

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  1. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Before posting your questions about using any of the Philadelphia region's mass transit systems to this forum, take a look at this thread. You might find what you need to know here. If you don't, or if you want to discuss transportation planning and policy, or if you want folks to critique your fantasy subway plan, please post away.

    Overview

    You can get to just about anywhere in Philadelphia, and many locations throughout the tri-state region, on the mass transit systems operated by the five agencies that provide transit service in Metropolitan Philadelphia and Wilmington.

    They are:
    the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
    the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO), a subsidiary of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA)
    New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ Transit, NJT)
    Delaware Transit Corporation (DART First State), the mass transit arm of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)
    Pottstown Area Rapid Transit (PART, formerly Pottstown Urban Transit), a privately operated bus system owned by the Borough of Pottstown

    All but DART and PART operate rail routes; however, SEPTA operates Regional Rail service in New Castle County, Del., under contract to DelDOT. All but PATCO operate bus service.

    Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties also operate shuttle services that connect SEPTA Regional Rail stations with nearby employment centers and provide some local transit services within their respective counties.

    The best sources for detailed information about the services these agencies offer are the agencies' own Web sites:

    SEPTA
    PATCO
    NJT
    DART First State
    PART
    TMA Bucks RushBus
    TMA of Chester County
    GVF Transportation (Montgomery County: Conshohocken Borough and Upper Merion Township)
    The Partnership TMA (Eastern Montgomery County)

    but we're here to save you some of the digging around.

    Services Provided


    SEPTA
    • Seven Regional Rail routes connecting Center City with Philadelphia International Airport and suburban destinations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware; routes are numbered R1 through R8 (there is no R4) and operate through the Center City Commuter Tunnel (except for the R6 Cynwyd, which terminates at Suburban Station). The routes, with their termini and color codes on maps and signage, are:
      • R1 Glenside-Airport (yellow)
      • R2 Warminster-Marcus Hook/Wilmington/Newark (maroon)
      • R3 West Trenton-Media/Elwyn (orange)
      • R5 Doylestown/Lansdale-Paoli/Thorndale (blue)
      • R6 Norristown-Cynwyd (green; no longer operated as a continuous route)
      • R7 Chestnut Hill East-Trenton (red)
      • R8 Fox Chase-Chestnut Hill West (brown)
    • Two rapid-transit lines, the Market-Frankford Line (color-coded blue on maps and signage) and the Broad Street Line (color-coded orange)
    • Nine light rail lines (6 in the city, 3 in the suburbs); five of the six city trolley lines (color-coded green on maps and most signage) operate in a subway tunnel that runs from Juniper Street station (City Hall) to 40th Street and Woodland/Baltimore avenues (Routes 11, 13, 34, 36) or 36th and Ludlow streets (Route 10), then in city streets from the tunnel portals to their end points in West and Southwest Philadelphia or Delaware County. The suburban lines operate as either light rail lines that mix private right-of-way and street running (Routes 101 and 102, color-coded brown) or as a pre-metro-type service (Route 100, color-coded purple).
    • 123 surface bus routes (74 in the city, 49 in the suburbs):
      • Routes in the city are either lettered (C, G, HXH, J, K, L, R) or numbered from 1 to 89, except for the LUCY (Loop through University City) shuttle connecting 30th Street Station with nearby employment centers.
      • Some city routes extend well into suburban territory:
        • Route 14 from Frankford Terminal (Market-Frankford Line) extends into Bucks County, providing 24-hour service to Neshaminy Mall and service to Oxford Valley Mall from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
        • Routes 22 and 55 from Olney Terminal (Broad Street Line) extend into Montgomery and Bucks counties: Route 22 terminates at Willow Grove Park Mall and Route 55 in Doylestown. Route 55 serves Willow Grove Park Mall 21 hours a day, every day, and Doylestown 21 hours a day Monday-Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
        • Route 37 from Snyder station (Broad Street Line) extends into Delaware County, operating via Philadelphia International Airport to Chester. Route 37 operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack and 21 hours a day, 7 days a week, to Chester Transportation Center.
        • Route 44 operates between Independence Mall and Ardmore, Montgomery County. Selected runs, mostly at peak hours, operate to Gladwyne, replacing discontinued Route 121.
        • Route 77 operates via Glenside, Jenkintown and Elkins Park on its way between Chestnut Hill and Roosevelt Mall.
        Suburban zone fares apply on all of these routes except Route 77.
      • Routes in the suburbs are all numbered, from 90 through 305, depending on what areas they serve:
        • Routes 90 through 99 and 131 serve central and western Montgomery and eastern Chester counties; most routes terminate at Norristown Transportation Center (R6 Norristown, Route 100 light rail)
        • Routes 103 to 123 serve Delaware County locations plus a few areas in Montgomery and Chester counties; most terminate at 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby (Market-Frankford Line, Routes 100, 101 and 102 light rail).
        • Routes 124 and 125 connect Center City with King of Prussia, Valley Forge and Chesterbrook; both end at 13th and Market streets (13th Street station, Market-Frankford Line/Juniper Street station, subway-surface trolleys).
        • Routes 127 to 130 serve Bucks County locations; all terminate at or pass through either Neshaminy Mall or Oxford Valley Mall.
        • Routes 132 and 134 connect Montgomery Mall with Telford and Chestnut Hill.
        • Route 139 connects King of Prussia with the Philadelphia Premium Outlets center in Limerick.
        • Route 150 connects Plymouth Meeting Mall with Philadelphia Park racetrack and casino.
        • Routes numbered in the 200s serve as extensions of Regional Rail, connecting selected stations with nearby employment centers.
    • There are also routes numbered in the 400s that operate within the City of Philadelphia; these are "school trippers" -- routes that take students to and from city schools. Route numbers appear on signs at bus stops, but there are no public schedules for these limited services
    SEPTA offers 24-hour service every day on a network of night owl bus and trolley routes within the city, including night owl buses that replace trains on the rapid transit lines. Suburban bus routes 108 (69th Street Terminal to Philadelphia International Airport and UPS) and 109 (69th Street Terminal to Chester) also operate 24 hours a day, every day. Most other surface routes operate from approximately 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day; some city and suburban routes cease operations earlier in the evening, and a few routes operate limited, mostly peak-hour/peak-direction, service during the day. There are extra late-night Regional Rail trains on Fridays and Saturdays on the R5 Paoli/Thorndale, R6 Norristown and R7 Trenton, and the last Regional Rail trips on most lines Sundays depart Center City around 10:30 p.m.

    PATCO
    • The Lindenwold High-Speed Line ("Speedline") rapid transit service (color-coded red on maps and most signage) between 16th and Locust subway station in Philadelphia and Lindenwold, N.J., operating via the Ben Franklin Bridge and Camden.

    Service operates 24 hours a day, every day.

    NJT
    • Regional rail service from Trenton to New York City (Northeast Corridor Line), connecting with SEPTA's R7 Trenton Regional Rail line at Trenton, and from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia to Atlantic City (Atlantic City Line; connection with PATCO at Lindenwold station).
    • The River LINE light rail service from the Camden waterfront to Trenton train station (SEPTA R7, NJT Northeast Corridor Line), connecting with PATCO at Walter Rand Transportation Center in Camden (Broadway station, PATCO).
    • Local bus service between Center City Philadelphia and points in Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Mercer counties (Routes 400-419)
    • Local bus service between Penns Grove, Salem County, and Wilmington (Route 423)
    • Local bus service within those same New Jersey counties (Burlington/Camden/Gloucester/Salem: Routes 450-468; Trenton and Mercer County: Routes 600-611)
    • Local and express/limited-stop bus service between Philadelphia and shore points in Monmouth (Asbury Park) and Cape May counties and Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, Ocean County (Routes 313-318)
    • Local bus service in Atlantic and Cape May counties, between Atlantic City and points in Ocean and Cumberland counties, and between Atlantic City and Lindenwold (PATCO) or Philadelphia (Greyhound Bus Terminal) (Routes 501-559)
    • Except for Route 551 (Atlantic City to Philadelphia Greyhound Bus Terminal), NJT buses that serve Philadelphia operate across the Ben Franklin Bridge, then on a loop through Center City: southbound on Sixth Street, westbound on Market, northbound on Broad, and eastbound on Vine. Connections with SEPTA rapid transit can be made at all Market-Frankford Line stations from 8th to 13th inclusive and at Race-Vine station on the Broad Street Line. All NJT buses between Philadelphia and New Jersey points operate via Walter Rand Transportation Center (Broadway PATCO) in Camden.

    The Northeast Corridor Line operates 21 hours a day, every day; most other services operate from roughly 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. The last buses from Philadelphia to South Jersey points depart Broad and Vine streets at approximately 12:40 a.m. every day.

    DART First State
    • Seasonal express bus service between Wilmington and Delaware shore points
    • Local transit services in metropolitan Wilmington (New Castle County) (Routes 1-65), Dover (Routes 100-113) and Sussex County (two routes)
    • Regional buses connecting Dover with Wilmington (Route 301) and Georgetown (Route 303)
    • Most routes serving downtown Wilmington connect with SEPTA R2 Wilmington/Newark trains at Wilmington station; DART/SEPTA connections can also be made at Newark (R2), Fairplay (Churchmans Crossing) (R2), Claymont (R2), Tri-State Mall (Bus Route 113) and Brandywine Town Center (Bus Route 305)

    Most routes operate between 5:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. weekdays and between 5:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays. Sunday service operates between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on a limited network of routes. SEPTA Wilmington/Newark Line service in Delaware operates 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. (Regional Rail times here are approximate; consult timetables for actual departure times. Weekend trains originate and terminate in Wilmington with no service to Newark.)

    PART
    • Five bus routes serving Pottstown and nearby communities, which hub at High and Hanover streets in downtown Pottstown (connections to SEPTA Bus Route 93 from Norristown Transportation Center); service operates six days a week from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Two "night routes" that connect the major points served by the day network, which operate from 6 to 10 p.m.
     
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  2. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Fares

    SEPTA

    Cash Fares:
    Bus/Subway-Elevated/Trolley
    • Base cash fare $2.25
    • Transfer $1.00
    • Zone charge 50c per zone (suburban routes only)
    • Transfer is good for travel in first suburban zone
    • Up to two children under farebox height (42 inches) may ride free with a paying adult passenger
    Regional Rail
    Varies by zone and time of day; see Regional Rail Fares page for details
    • Zone 5 peak fares apply for travel to and from Philadelphia International Airport (Airport Line) at all times
    • Elsewhere, peak fares apply for travel on trains arriving at the five Center City stations (Temple University to University City, inclusive) before 9:30 a.m. and departing them between 4 and 7 p.m. weekdays
    • There is a surcharge for purchasing tickets on board, even if a station ticket office is closed; however, if you take your on-board cash fare receipt to a SEPTA ticket agent at the end of your trip, you may purchase a return ticket for the difference between a round-trip fare and the fare you paid on board
    • Round-trip tickets are 25c cheaper than two one-way tickets, and ten-trip tickets are $2.50 cheaper than 10 one-way tickets

    Discounted Fares:
    • Tokens: $1.80 each (minimum purchase 2 tokens; most sales outlets sell tokens in packs of 5 or 10)
    • Passes:
      • One Day Convenience Pass - $8. Good for up to 8 trips on surface or rapid transit routes in a single day
      • One Day Independence Pass - $12 individual, $29 family (up to five on a single pass; at least one rider must be 18 or older, but no more than two riders may be 18 or over); $5 individual/$15 family surcharge for travel to/from New Jersey. Good for unlimited one-day travel on the Airport Regional Rail Line and all other SEPTA services except Regional Rail trains arriving in Center City before 9:30 a.m. weekdays; also good for travel on the PHLASH tourist loop and the Mann Center summer shuttles
      • TransPass - $24 weekly, $91 monthly. Good for travel on all surface and rapid transit routes within the city and the first suburban zone; suburban zone charges apply. Also good for travel to/from Philadelphia International Airport via the R1 Airport Regional Rail line anytime and for travel anywhere on SEPTA on weekends and major holidays (major holidays are those where Sunday schedules apply)
      • TrailPass - $27.25 to $53 weekly, $101 to $191 monthly, depending on the zone. Intermediate two-zone pass is available for riders traveling between stations outside Center City
        • Zone 1 TrailPasses are good for off-peak travel to any station within the Philadelphia city limits except Forest Hills and Somerton at all times
        • Zone 3 TrailPasses are good for off-peak travel anywhere on Regional Rail at all times
        • All TransPasses and TrailPasses are good for travel anywhere on SEPTA on weekends and holidays
      • Cross-County Pass - $29 weekly, $109 monthly. Good for travel anywhere on surface transit or Regional Rail outside the city of Philadelphia; travel to points within Philadelphia requires a 50c zone charge on local transit or payment of a Zone 1 fare on Regional Rail

    PATCO
    • Tickets for one-way travel between Philadelphia stations and:
      • Other stations in Philadelphia, $1.25
      • City Hall or Broadway, Camden, $1.25
      • Ferry Avenue, Camden, $2.05
      • Collingswood, Westmont or Haddonfield, $2.35
      • Woodcrest, Ashland, or Lindenwold, $2.70
    • For one-way travel between City Hall and Broadway, Camden, $1.25
    • For one-way travel between any other station pairs in New Jersey, $1.45
    • Round-trip tickets are 2x the one-way fare
    • Frequent riders can purchase FREEDOM stored-value cards for PATCO fares
    • Tickets and FREEDOM cards can be purchased from vending machines in all PATCO stations
    • Joint PATCO/SEPTA fare: Purchase $2.40 round-trip SEPTA ticket from PATCO vending machines in New Jersey stations. The first part of the ticket must be used within one hour of purchase; the second part is valid for 24 hours after purchase. Tickets are good only on the following SEPTA routes:
      • Market-Frankford Line
      • Broad Street Line and Broad-Ridge Spur
      • Subway-Surface Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34, and 36
      • Bus Routes 2, 9, 12, 21, 23, 27, 32, 33, 38, 42, 44, 47, 47m, 48, 61, 62, and C

    NJT
    • Bus and rail fares vary with distance
    • Ten-trip bus tickets are available; some offer discounts of up to 30% off regular fares
    • Monthly passes for bus or rail offer a 30% discount off the regular one-way fares. Intrastate passes are good for travel within New Jersey only; intrastate passes are required for travel between NJ and Philadelphia
    • Philadelphia-New York travelers can purchase joint SEPTA/NJT round-trip tickets from vending machines at 30th Street Station or the sales windows at Market East and Suburban stations
    • A joint NJT/SEPTA monthly pass is also available but can only be purchased through SEPTA's Pass-Buy-Mail program
    • River LINE fares: One-way, $1.35; monthly pass, $45. The line uses a "proof-of-payment" fare system; tickets must be validated prior to boarding and a stiff fine applies to passengers caught without a validated ticket

    DART First State
    (New Castle County only)
    • Cash Fare $1.15; no transfers
    • Daily Pass $2.40, best for riders who use more than 2 buses per day
    • DARTCard stored-value cards offer discounts of 20 to 40 percent, depending on the purchase price
    • SEPTA TrailPasses are good for travel on DART routes in northern New Castle County

    PART

    All fares cash:
    • Adult $1.50
    • Students, disabled, and seniors with Medicare cards 75c
    • Transfers 35c
    • Up to two children under farebox height (42 inches) may ride free with a paying adult passenger
    • SEPTA and PART have a reciprocal agreement whereby each agency's transfers are honored on the other's vehicles
     
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  3. eldondre

    eldondre Well-Known Member

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    what about hyperlinks, for example, "Seasonal express bus service between Wilmington and Delaware shore points " linked to teh schedules?
     
  4. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Sales Outlets

    SEPTA

    The five Center City Regional Rail stations sell Regional Rail tickets and all passes except the One Day Convenience Pass:
    • Temple University, Berks Street between 9th and 10th streets
    • Market East, 10th and Filbert streets (beneath and connected to the Gallery shopping mall and the Pennsylvania Convention Center)
    • Suburban Station, 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard (connected to the Penn Center underground concourse)
    • 30th Street Station, 30th and Market streets (main Amtrak station in Philadelphia)
    • University City, Convention Avenue between South Street and Civic Center Boulevard
    Tokens may also be purchased at Market East and 30th Street stations.

    All fare media are available at the following SEPTA sales outlets:
    • SEPTA Store, Penn Center Concourse, 15th and Market streets
    • SEPTA Sales Office, Olney subway station (Broad Street Line)
    • SEPTA Sales Office, Frankford Transportation Center (Market-Frankford Line)
    • SEPTA Sales Office, 69th Street Terminal, Upper Darby (Market-Frankford Line, Route 100 Norristown Line, Routes 101 and 102 trolleys)
    • Transit Gift Store, SEPTA headquarters, 1234 Market Street (13th Street station, Market-Frankford Line/Juniper Street station, subway-surface trolleys)

    Tokens, One-Day Convenience Passes, and TransPasses are also available at the following locations on the SEPTA system:
    • SEPTA Sales Office, 8th and Market subway station (Market-Frankford Line, Broad-Ridge Spur, PATCO)
    • SEPTA Sales Office, Walnut-Locust subway station (Broad Street Line)
    • Cashier booths on the westbound platforms at all Market-Frankford Line subway stations from 2d Street to 13th Street, inclusive

    Token vending machines are available at 34 rapid transit station entrances on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines and the following suburban and off-system locations:

    Market-Frankford Line
    • Frankford Transportation Center
    • 2d Street (eastbound and westbound)
    • 5th Street (eastbound only)
    • 8th Street (westbound only)
    • 11th Street (eastbound and westbound)
    • 13th Street (eastbound and westbound)
    • 15th Street (main, 16th Street and West Plaza [subway-surface trolley] entrances)
    • 30th Street
    • 52d Street
    • 56th Street
    • 60th Street
    • 69th Street Terminal

    Broad Street Line
    • Fern Rock
    • Olney
    • Wyoming (northbound only)
    • Erie (entrance on south side of Erie Avenue)
    • Allegheny (northbound and southbound)
    • North Philadelphia
    • Cecil B. Moore-Temple University (northbound and southbound)
    • Spring Garden
    • City Hall (north side and south side concourse entrances under City Hall courtyard)
    • Walnut-Locust
    • Lombard-South
    • Tasker-Morris
    • Oregon
    • Pattison

    Suburbs
    • Norristown Transportation Center, Norristown
    • King of Prussia Transportation Center, The Plaza at King of Prussia

    Off-System
    • Drexel University: Creese Student Center, 32d and Chestnut streets
    • University of Pennsylvania:
      • Penn Bookstore, 36th and Walnut streets
      • Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
      • Moravian Cafes food court, 34th and Walnut Street

    SEPTA Regional Rail stations outside Center City with ticket offices (check timetables for locations) sell Regional Rail tickets and TrailPasses; most are open only on weekday mornings.

    More than 400 sales outlets throughout the five-county region and in Delaware sell various SEPTA fare media; not all outlets carry all fare media. Check shop.septa.org for locations and more information.

    PATCO

    Vending machines in all PATCO stations sell single- and round-trip tickets and FREEDOM stored-value cards. Vending machines in New Jersey stations also sell SEPTA joint-fare round-trip tickets.

    NJ Transit

    Rail: Regional rail tickets may be purchased at the following locations:
    • Ticket Sales Offices:
      • Market East Station (SEPTA)
      • Trenton Transit Center
    • Ticket Vending Machines at the following stations in the region:
      • Atco
      • Cherry Hill
      • Lindenwold
      • Philadelphia 30th Street
      • Trenton Transit Center

    River LINE tickets may be purchased from vending machines on the platform at all stations. Be sure to validate your ticket in the on-platform validator before you board.

    Bus: NJ Transit bus tickets and passes may be purchased at the following ticket offices and Commissioned Ticket Agent locations in the region:

    Burlington County
    • United Check Cashing, 4037 Route 130 South, Delran
    Cumberland County
    • K & J Newsstand, Vineland Transportation Center, 110-116 Landis Avenue, Vineland
    Gloucester County
    • Gloucester County College, 1400 Tanyard Road, Sewell (Monthly passes only)
    Mercer County
    • Fuji Newsstand, 2 North Broad Street, Trenton (Monthly passes only)
    New Castle County, Delaware
    • Wilmington Train Station, 101 South French Street, Wilmington (One-way tickets only)
    Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
    • Greyhound Bus Terminal Ticket Office, 10th and Filbert streets
    • Fairfax Bus and Bagel, 2100 South Broad Street (Snyder station, Broad Street Line) (One-way and round-trip tickets only, June 1-Labor Day)
    Salem County
    • Salem County Bus Service, 350 East Pittsfield Street (at Hook Road), Pennsville

    Bus tickets may also be purchased from ticket vending machines at the following locations in the region:

    Camden County
    • Avandale Park and Ride, Interchange 38, Atlantic City Expressway
    Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
    • Greyhound Bus Terminal, 10th and Filbert streets

    DART First State

    Cash fares are paid when you board the bus. DARTCards may be purchased directly from DART First State sales offices at:
    • DART First State Information Center, 119 Lower Beech Street, Wilmington
    • Market Street Mall, 718 North Market Street, Wilmington
    • Newark Train Station, 10 Mopar Drive, Newark
    • Wilmington Train Station, 100 South French Street, Wilmington
    SEPTA TrailPasses good for travel on DART in northern New Castle County may also be purchased at all of the above outlets except the Information Center.

    DARTCards may also be purchased at any of 33 authorized sales outlets in New Castle County, including all Acme Markets stores in the county. A full list of outlets can be found on the DART First State Web site.
     
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  5. hammersklavier

    hammersklavier A Fortnight Dead

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    Good idea making this sticky!
     
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    It would be useful to add some information about Amtrak, since it serves:

    • Philadelphia - 30th st station - main Amtrak station in Philadelphia
    • Ardmore, Paoli, Downingtown, and west to Harrisburg on the Keystone (The Keystone line continues north to New York, offering a direct line between Harrisburg and NYC).
    • Wilmington & south on the NE Corridor
    • Cornwells Heights (very limited service), Trenton and north on the NE Corridor

    Amtrak tickets get you free 'connecting' service on the SEPTA regional rails between 30th and Suburban Station / Market East.

    10-trip and Monthly tickets are available; however they can be expensive and not usable on every train, and do not give you access to SEPTA so you will likely need a Septa Transpass as well.

    Amtrak fares on the Keystone line are state-subsidized within PA and sometimes competitive with SEPTA.
     
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    daninpa Cheesesteak GURU!

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    Just a quick nit pick to an awesome post... Great Adventure is in Ocean County.
     
  8. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Thanks for the catch. It's been corrected.
     
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    CountFunkula Well-Known Member

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    This thread is like watching a bear play with the honey pot.
     
  10. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Update, 3/21/09

    The first two posts in the series of stickies has been revised to include the region's fifth mass transit agency, Pottstown Area Rapid Transit (nee Pottstown Urban Transit).
     
  11. niel

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    PART, nee PUT, nee PUD (Pottstown Urban Drivers).
     
  12. eldondre

    eldondre Well-Known Member

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    http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/13100192.htm

     
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    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Update, 7/2/09

    Fares section updated to include One Day Independence Pass information.

    eldondre: Was the post immediately upthread meant to be a comment on one of the stickies?
     
  14. eldondre

    eldondre Well-Known Member

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    FYI South Jersey Rail Riders, I saw that Rapid Rover airport shuttle now serves 30th St Station. I don't know pricing but I saw it dropping people off and it's painted on the side of their van, even if it's no mentioned on their website
    Rapid Rover
     
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    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Updated 7/14/2010 to reflect new SEPTA fares effective 7/1/10

    Fares

    SEPTA

    Cash Fares:
    Bus/Subway-Elevated/Trolley

    • Base cash fare $2.00
    • Transfer $1.00
    • Zone charge 50c per zone (suburban routes only)
    • Transfer is good for travel in first suburban zone
    • Up to two children under farebox height (42 inches) may ride free with a paying adult passenger

    Regional Rail
    Varies by zone and time of day; see Tickets page for details
    • Zone 5 daytime fares apply for travel to and from Philadelphia International Airport (Airport Line) at all times
    • Elsewhere, daytime fares apply on all trains that arrive at or depart from the three central stations (30th Street, Suburban Station, Market East) between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; evening and weekend fares apply on trains that arrive at or depart from these stations after 7 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays
    • There is a surcharge for purchasing tickets on board, even if a station ticket office is closed; surcharges are:
      • Zone 1: No surcharge
      • Zones 2 and 3: 50c
      • Zones 4 and 5: 75c
      • Zone 6: $1.25
    • Weekday round-trip tickets purchased in advance are 25c cheaper than two one-way tickets, and ten-trip tickets are $2.50 cheaper than 10 one-way tickets; no discount is offered for purchasing a round-trip fare on board the train
    • Tickets for travel between outlying points in intermediate zones, travel between outlying points via Center City Philadelphia, and joint travel on SEPTA Regional Rail and New Jersey Transit also available; see Tickets page for more information


    Discounted Fares:


    Tokens: $1.55 each (minimum purchase 2 tokens; most sales outlets sell tokens in packs of 5 or 10)
    Passes:
    Unless otherwise noted, passes are good for travel between outlying points, up to the zone indicated, and the five Center City Philadelphia Zone stations: University City to Temple University, inclusive
    • One Day Convenience Pass - $7. Good for up to 8 trips on surface or rapid transit routes in a single day; not valid for travel on Regional Rail
    • One Day Independence Pass - $11 individual, $28 family (up to five on a single pass; at least one rider must be 18 or older, but no more than two riders may be 18 or over); $5 individual/$15 family surcharge for travel to/from New Jersey. Good for unlimited one-day travel on all SEPTA services except Regional Rail trains arriving at the three central stations before 9:30 a.m. weekdays; also good for travel on the PHLASH tourist loop and the Mann Center summer shuttles
    • TransPass - $22 weekly, $83 monthly. Good for travel on all surface and rapid transit routes within the city and the first suburban zone; suburban zone charges apply. Also good for travel to/from Philadelphia International Airport via the Airport Regional Rail line anytime
    • TrailPass - $24.25 to $53 weekly, $91 to $191 monthly, depending on the zone
      • Zone 1 TrailPass good for off-peak travel (see Note on Off-Peak Travel below) between Center City and all stations within the Philadelphia city limits except Forest Hills and Somerton
      • Intermediate two-zone pass ($75, monthly only) is available for riders traveling between stations outside Center City ONLY
    • Cross-County Pass - $103 monthly. Good for travel anywhere on surface transit or Regional Rail outside the city of Philadelphia; travel to points within Philadelphia requires a 50c zone charge
      • Zone 3 TrailPasses are good for off-peak travel (see Note on Off-Peak Travel below) anywhere on Regional Rail at all times
      • All TransPasses, TrailPasses, and Cross-County Passes are good for travel anywhere on SEPTA on weekends and holidays
    • Note on Off-Peak Travel: Peak and off-peak rules still apply for pass holders. Peak trains arrive at the three central stations before 9:30 a.m. weekdays or depart those stations between 4:30 and 7 p.m. weekdays; all other trains are off-peak


    PATCO

    • Tickets for one-way travel between Philadelphia stations and:
      • Other stations in Philadelphia, $1.25
      • City Hall or Broadway, Camden, $1.25
      • Ferry Avenue, Camden, $2.05
      • Collingswood, Westmont or Haddonfield, $2.35
      • Woodcrest, Ashland, or Lindenwold, $2.70
    • For one-way travel between City Hall and Broadway, Camden, $1.25
    • For one-way travel between any other station pairs in New Jersey, $1.45
    • Round-trip tickets are 2x the one-way fare
    • Frequent riders can purchase FREEDOM stored-value cards for PATCO fares
    • Tickets and FREEDOM cards can be purchased from vending machines in all PATCO stations
    • Joint PATCO/SEPTA fare: Purchase $2.60 round-trip SEPTA ticket from PATCO vending machines in New Jersey stations. The first part of the ticket must be used within one hour of purchase; the second part is valid for 24 hours after purchase. Tickets are good only on the following SEPTA routes:
      • Market-Frankford Line
      • Broad Street Line and Broad-Ridge Spur
      • Subway-Surface Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34, and 36
      • Bus Routes 2, 9, 12, 21, 23, 27, 32, 33, 38, 42, 44, 47, 47m, 48, 61, 62, and C


    NJT

    • Bus and rail fares vary with distance
    • Ten-trip bus tickets are available; some offer discounts of up to 30% off regular fares
    • Monthly passes for bus or rail offer a 30% discount off the regular one-way fares. Intrastate passes are good for travel within New Jersey only; intrastate passes are required for travel between NJ and Philadelphia
    • Philadelphia-New York travelers can purchase joint SEPTA/NJT round-trip tickets from vending machines at 30th Street Station or the sales windows at Market East and Suburban stations
    • A joint NJT/SEPTA monthly pass is also available but can only be purchased through SEPTA's Pass-Buy-Mail program; call 215-580-6500 for more information and an application
    • River LINE fares: One-way, $1.35; monthly pass, $45. The line uses a "proof-of-payment" fare system; tickets must be validated prior to boarding and a stiff fine applies to passengers caught without a validated ticket


    DART First State
    (New Castle County only)

    • Cash Fare $1.15; no transfers
    • Daily Pass $2.40, best for riders who use more than 2 buses per day
    • DARTCard stored-value cards offer discounts of 20 to 40 percent, depending on the purchase price
    • SEPTA TrailPasses are good for travel on DART routes in northern New Castle County


    PART


    All fares cash:

    • Adult $1.50
    • Students, disabled, and seniors with Medicare cards 75c
    • Transfers 35c
    • Up to two children under farebox height (42 inches) may ride free with a paying adult passenger
    • SEPTA and PART have a reciprocal agreement whereby each agency's transfers are honored on the other's vehicles
     
  16. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Updated 8/28/10 to reflect changes in Regional Rail nomenclature

    The Regional Rail information under Services Provided - SEPTA is no longer valid. Instead, the following applies:

    Thirteen Regional Rail branches that operate to or via Center City from and between suburban terminals. Branches are identified by their end destinations:

    • Airport
    • Chestnut Hill East
    • Chestnut Hill West
    • Cynwyd
    • Fox Chase
    • Lansdale/Doylestown
    • Manayunk/Norristown
    • Media/Elwyn
    • Paoli/Thorndale
    • Trenton
    • Warminster
    • West Trenton
    • Wilmington/Newark (service operates only to Marcus Hook on Sundays)

    Most non-peak-commute-period trains operate through rather than to Center City; information on opposite-end termini is available only on printed route timetables.
     
  17. Hospitalitygirl

    Hospitalitygirl Resident Ornery Bitch

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    Bless you MSE for making a sticky out of this!

    But my gripe is with Septa removing the Rs. I used to remember easily which line was the R8, Fox Chase-CH (but without the R cannot remember if it's E or W!) Damn you Septa!

    So, you are the repository of all things Septa...which is it?
     
  18. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    All directions below outbound:

    ex-R8: from Market East to Fox Chase; from 30th Street to Chestnut Hill West
    ex-R7: from Market East to Chestnut Hill East; from 30th Street to Trenton
     
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    How often can I expect to see a trolley at 22nd and Market? I understand that 5 of the trolley lines share the line in center city, so I'm assuming it's quite frequent, but Septa seems to only have the schedule for the out of center city portions of the lines. Anyone have a complete schedule for inner center city trolley travel?
     
  20. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    SEPTA does not publish a "combined schedule" for trolleys in the surface car subway akin to the "combined timetable" for Regional Rail trains operating up the ex-RDG main line through Glenside.

    But I thought the line timetables for the five subway-surface trolley routes (10, 11, 13, 34, 36) included time points in the subway.
     
  21. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    General Update, 6/3/11

    Overview section revised to reflect addition of Sunday Regional Rail service to Wilmington
    Fares section revised to reflect increased pass prices and changes in pass policies
     
  22. MarketStEl

    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Update, 1/2/14

    Fares section updated to reflect SEPTA fare increases implemented in July 2013
     
  23. Nanis

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    The 22 actually goes to Warminister
     
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    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Update, 12/3/2017

    Thanks for the catch on Route 22, Nanis. I don't think it's worth updating that entire section to fix.

    Nor is this change in the description of round-the-clock transit service in the city under Services Provided:

    SEPTA offers 24-hour service every day on a network of night owl bus and trolley routes within the city, including night owl buses that replace trains on the rapid transit lines in the overnight hours (midnight. to 5 a.m.) Monday through Friday. Rapid transit trains operate 24 hours a day from 5 a.m. Friday to midnight Sunday. Suburban bus routes 108 (69th Street Terminal to Philadelphia International Airport and UPS) and 109 (69th Street Terminal to Chester) also operate 24 hours a day, every day. Most other surface routes operate from approximately 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day; some city and suburban routes cease operations earlier in the evening, and a few routes operate limited, mostly peak-hour/peak-direction, service during the day. There are extra late-night Regional Rail trains on Fridays and Saturdays on the Paoli/Thorndale, Manayunk/Norristown and Trenton lines, and the last Regional Rail trips on most lines Sundays depart Center City around 10:30 p.m.

    Also note that Jefferson Health System has entered a sponsorship agreement with SEPTA for Market East Station, which is now called Jefferson Station.
     
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    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Update, 12/3/2017

    The following posts reflect both changes in fare instruments and fare hikes since the last update

    Fares

    SEPTA

    Cash Fares:
    Bus/Subway-Elevated/Trolley
    • Base cash fare $2.50. See SEPTA Key section below for information on one-way Quick Trip tickets good for use on rapid transit
    • Transfer $1.00 (purchase at start of trip)
    • Zone charge 50c per zone (suburban routes only)
    • Transfer is good for travel in first suburban zone
    • Up to two children under farebox height (42 inches) may ride free with a paying adult passenger
    Regional Rail
    Varies by zone and time of day; see Tickets page for details
    • Zone 4 daytime fares apply for travel to and from Philadelphia International Airport (Airport Line) at all times
    • Elsewhere, daytime fares apply on all trains that arrive at or depart from the three central stations (30th Street, Suburban Station, Market East) between the hours of 4 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; evening and weekend fares apply on trains that arrive at or depart from these stations after 7 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays
    • There is a surcharge for purchasing tickets on board, even if a station ticket office is closed; surcharges for travel to or from Center City are:

      • Center City and Zones 1 and 2: 75 cents
      • Zone 3: $1 daytime, $1.75 evening and weekend
      • Zone 4: $1.25 daytime, $1.75 evening and weekend
      • New Jersey Zone: 75 cents
      • Travel between zones outside Center City: 25 cents
    • Ten-trip tickets are anywhere from $2.50 to $12.50 cheaper than 10 one-way tickets, depending on the zone; no discount is offered for purchasing a round-trip fare on board the train
    • Tickets for travel between outlying points in intermediate zones, travel between outlying points via Center City Philadelphia, and joint travel on SEPTA Regional Rail and New Jersey Transit also available; see Tickets page for more information
    Discounted Fares:

    Tokens: $2 each (minimum purchase 2 tokens; most sales outlets sell tokens in packs of 5 or 10). See SEPTA Key section below for information about discounted fares using the new stored-value payment method.
    Passes:
    Unless otherwise noted, passes are good for travel between outlying points, up to the zone indicated, and the five Center City Philadelphia Zone stations: University City to Temple University, inclusive
    • One Day Convenience Pass - $9. Good for up to 8 trips on surface or rapid transit routes in a single day; not valid for travel on Regional Rail
    • One Day Independence Pass - $13 individual, $30 family (up to five on a single pass; at least one rider must be 18 or older, but no more than two riders may be 18 or over); $5 individual/$15 family surcharge for travel to/from New Jersey. Good for unlimited one-day travel on all SEPTA services except Regional Rail trains arriving at the three central stations before 9:30 a.m. weekdays; also good for travel on the PHLASH tourist loop and the Mann Center summer shuttles
    • TransPass - $25.50 weekly, $96 monthly. Good for travel on all surface and rapid transit routes within the city and the first suburban zone; suburban zone charges apply. Also good for travel to/from Philadelphia International Airport via the Airport Regional Rail line anytime
    • TrailPass - $28.25 to $55.75 weekly, $105 to $204 monthly, depending on the zone
      • Zone 1 TrailPass good for off-peak travel (see Note on Off-Peak Travel below) between Center City and all stations within the Philadelphia city limits except Forest Hills and Somerton
      • Cross-County Pass - $30.75 weekly, $115 monthly. Good for travel anywhere on surface transit or Regional Rail outside the city of Philadelphia; travel to points within Philadelphia requires a 50c zone charge
      • Zone 3 TrailPasses are good for off-peak travel (see Note on Off-Peak Travel below) anywhere on Regional Rail at all times
      • All TransPasses, TrailPasses, and Cross-County Passes are good for travel anywhere on SEPTA on weekends and holidays
    • Note on Off-Peak Travel: Peak and off-peak rules still apply for pass holders. Peak trains arrive at the three central stations before 9:30 a.m. weekdays or depart those stations between 4:30 and 7 p.m. weekdays; all other trains are off-peak
    SEPTA Key

    SEPTA Key is the new stored-value fare payment system that was rolled out beginning in 2016. It is now fully implemented on surface and rapid transit; it will be introduced on Regional Rail beginning later in 2018.

    There are two types of fare media used by the SEPTA Key system:
    • Quick-Trip Tickets - These are paper tickets good for a one-way trip on rapid transit or light rail (13th, 15th and 30th Street stations only) from the station where they are purchased. They are good only on the day of purchase and at the station where purchased. The Quick Trip fare is the same as the one-way base cash fare.
    • SEPTA Key cards - These are contactless ("RFID" - "radio frequency identification") cards that can also be used as debit cards (they have the MasterCard logo on them, but the debit card feature is not yet implemented). SEPTA Key cards take the place of passes and tokens. You load value onto the card in two ways:
      • Load a pass onto the card. At present, TransPasses and Independence Passes can be loaded onto SEPTA Key cards; TrailPasses will be loaded onto them once the system is extended to Regional Rail. Your SEPTA Key card takes the place of the pass for the Regional Rail travel privilege.
      • Load money into the Travel Wallet. The Travel Wallet is a declining-balance cash fund used for purchase of individual trips. Trips are charged at the token rate, and transfers at the transfer rate.
    You pay fares with SEPTA Key by holding your Key card against or close to the readers on station turnstiles or next to bus fareboxes. (The signal will travel through card holders and wallets not equipped with RFID-blocking technology, so you need not remove your card from your wallet or holder to use it unless your wallet blocks RFID signals.) The screen will display a check mark in a green circle and the reader will emit two high-pitched beeps if you have the fare for your trip on the card; if you do not, an X in a red circle will display and the reader will emit two lower-pitched buzzes. This will happen if:
    • you do not have enough money in your Travel Wallet
    • your pass has expired
    • you have exceeded the weekly or monthly trip ceilings on your pass. Weekly TransPasses have a 56-ride cap and monthly TransPasses have a 240-ride cap, making them in effect 7- and 30-day versions of the One Day Convenience Pass.
     
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    MarketStEl Will Work for Food, But Prefers Cash

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    Update, 12/3/17

    Fares

    PATCO
    • Tickets for one-way travel between Philadelphia stations and:
      • Other stations in Philadelphia, $1.40
      • City Hall or Broadway, Camden, $1.40
      • Ferry Avenue, Camden, $2.25
      • Collingswood, Westmont or Haddonfield, $2.60
      • Woodcrest, Ashland, or Lindenwold, $3.00

    • For one-way travel between City Hall and Broadway, Camden, $1.40
    • For one-way travel between any other station pairs in New Jersey, $1.60
    • Round-trip tickets are 2x the one-way fare
    • Frequent riders can purchase FREEDOM stored-value cards for PATCO fares
    • Tickets and FREEDOM cards can be purchased from vending machines in all PATCO stations
    • Joint PATCO/SEPTA fare: Purchase $3.50 round-trip SEPTA ticket from PATCO vending machines in New Jersey stations. The first part of the ticket must be used within one hour of purchase; the second part is valid for 24 hours after purchase. Tickets are good only on the following SEPTA routes:
      • Market-Frankford Line
      • Broad Street Line and Broad-Ridge Spur
      • Subway-Surface Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34, and 36
      • Bus Routes 2, 4, 9, 12, 16, 21, 23, 27, 32, 33, 38, 42, 44, 47, 47m, 48, 61 and 62
    NJT
    • Bus and rail fares vary with distance
    • Ten-trip bus tickets are available; some offer discounts of up to 30% off regular fares
    • Monthly passes for bus or rail offer a 30% discount off the regular one-way fares. Intrastate passes are good for travel within New Jersey only; interstate passes are required for travel between NJ and Philadelphia
    • Philadelphia-New York travelers can purchase joint SEPTA/NJT round-trip tickets from vending machines at 30th Street Station or the sales windows at Jefferson and Suburban stations
    • A joint NJT/SEPTA monthly pass is also available but can only be purchased through SEPTA's Pass-Buy-Mail program; call 215-580-6500 for more information and an application
    • River LINE fares: One-way, $1.60; monthly pass, $54. Additional fare for bus transfer to Philadelphia: One-way, $1.45 ($3.05 total); monthly pass, $42 ($96 total). The line uses a "proof-of-payment" fare system; tickets must be validated prior to boarding and a stiff fine applies to passengers caught without a validated ticket
    DART First State
    (New Castle County only)
    • Cash Fare $2; no transfers. $2 per zone on routes 45 and 47; $1 on routes 62 and 64
    • Daily Pass $4.20, best for riders who use more than 2 buses per day
    • DARTCard stored-value cards offer discounts of 20 to 40 percent, depending on the purchase price
    • SEPTA TrailPasses are good for travel on DART routes in northern New Castle County
    PART

    All fares cash:
    • Adult $2
    • Students, disabled, and non-seniors with Medicare cards $1
    • Seniors 65 and older free
    • Transfers 75 cents
    • Up to two children under farebox height (42 inches) may ride free with a paying adult passenger; 25 cents for each additional child
    • Multi-ride passes are also available
    • Passengers transferring to PART from SEPTA Bus Route 93 must present a special yellow transfer with correct date and route punched
     

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