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.