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Philadelphia

Pennsylvania, USA


Date of opening4 Mar 1907
Network length62 km (38.53 mi)
Stations66 (62*)
Lines3        Line history cityrailtransit.com
Stations per line22.00
Avg. station distance984 m (0.61 mi)
Avg. line length20.67 km (12.84 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 14 Sep 2008
PATCO line included. Subway trolley not (10 stations)
System typeMetro, known as Subway
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)293,000 (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)4,730 (2,940)
Fare collectionGates, token
TrackRight, gauge: 1435, 1588 (Market-Frankford Line) mm
Power supplyThird rail, 600 V, 685 (PATCO)
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database




Official map
Source: pdf, © 2010 septa.org

Disclaimer: Maps are copyrighted. The previews on this page are for informational purposes only. Please respect copyright and always refer to original maps.

Transit mapsSystem map images
openbusmap.org/öpnvkarte.de
openptmap.org
tracker.geops.ch - moving trains
maps.google.com
images.google.com




Metro Museum

transport museum SEPTA Transit Museum and Shop. This small museum documents the history of Philadelphia's mass transportation systems and its impact on social, political, and economic life. Location: In SEPTA's headquarters building.
Address: 1234 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19107-3701, Tel. 215-580-7168. At 13th Street (Market-Frankford line) metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): Monday through Friday 10 am until 5 pm, Saturday until 3 pm. Admission: free.
Reference: septa.org (official website). fodors.com.





Abandoned Lines

Philadelphia's Market-Frankford line lost a branch line, and other parts of the elevated structure have since been dismantled when the line was moved into tunnel directly below.




Metro City Hopping

Philadelphia is part of the New York cluster of metro/subway cities with the following urban rail connections:

  Jersey City    PATH (metro)    Newark      8 km
  New York    PATH (metro)    Jersey City      6 km
  Philadelphia    SEPTA + Northeast Corridor Line via Trenton (commuter metro)    Jersey City      126 km




24-Hour Services

Friday, Saturday night: SEPTA Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines.
Every night: PATCO Speedline.




Express Services

Broad Street Line Express. Skip-stops on the Market-Frankford Line as well with stations marked "A" or "B".




Reaching the Beaches

Atlantic Ocean: The Atlantic City Line runs from Philadelphia (30th Street Station) to Atlantic City. The trip takes about 90 minutes.




Lines with a View

You can get a good view of the skylines of Philadelphia and Camden when PATCO line goes on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River.

Photo by jayceland.com
Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

Photo by wherephiladelphia.com




Departure Procedure and Sounds

On the Broad Street Line, the trains have two chimes at the same tone "[dong-dong]" and a two-tone chime before any announcements. The Market-Frankford Line has automated announcements that go something like this: "This is a 69th Street train making all stops. This is a Frankford train making A stops. A stops only! [same for B] Doors opening! Doors closing!"



SEPTA Broad Street Line train departing from Allegheny station.

Duration: 0:23 

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Photos

  Philadelphia photo gallery.




Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1981: Blow Out
1983: Trading Places
2005: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia




Handpicked Resources

septa.org Official website SEPTA
ridepatco.org Official website PATCO




Generic Links for Philadelphia Subway

Wikipedia entry at wikipedia.org
Urbanrail.net entry at urbanrail.net
Railway Gazette search at railwaygazette.com
Discussion at skyscrapercity.com
System photos at Google Images
City information at wikipedia.org









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