SEPTA Route 6
SEPTA's Trolley Route 6 known as the Ogontz Avenue Line is a former streetcar line and current bus route, operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia, United States. Route 6 begins at the Olney Transportation Center, a core station of the Broad Street Line, principally traversing Ogontz Avenue in the City of Philadelphia, crossing the City Line at Cheltenham Avenue, proceeding on private right-of-way down the middle of Limekiln Pike before running as a streetcar line on Keswick Avenue in Glenside, mostly side-of-the-road private right-of-way until reaching Willow Grove Park; the line was double-tracked. Streetcar service to Willow Grove Park ended on June 8, 1958 when the Pennsylvania Highway Department acquired portions of the private right-of-way on Limekiln Pike for construction of the soon to be built Pennsylvania Route 309 Expressway. PCC streetcars were assigned to Route 6 beginning June 20, 1948. Route 6 was cut back to terminus at Ogontz & Cheltenham Avenues at the City Line.
Starting on September 30, 1968, Route 6 streetcar service was transferred the new transit authority, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. On January 12, 1986 buses replaced service on Route 6; as one of the newer trolleys to be adopted by SEPTA, the Route 6 trolley was established by the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company in 1907 as the Glenside Line between the Willow Grove Depot and the City Line and Ogontz Avenue via Limekiln Pike. In 1929 the line was extended to Broad Street and Olney Avenue a year after the opening of the Olney Terminal on the Broad Street Line; this was once a popular trolley line to Willow Grove Amusement Park. Buses replaced trolleys north of Cheltenham Avenue to Willow Grove on June 8, 1958. Bus service known as "6 Bus"; the remaining trolley service operated south of Ogontz Avenues Loop. Despite public criticism by community and transit advocates, SEPTA voted to close the Route 6 trolley line on October 23, 1985. Additionally, the plan involved the closing of the SEPTA Route 50 trolley line along Rising Sun Avenue, although Route 6 trolleys were allowed to remain in service a little longer.
Buses replaced the streetcars on the remaining portion of the Route 6 on January 11, 1986, the Route "6 Bus" renamed Route 22 on the same date to eliminate confusion over the current Route 6. Service on this bus route began on June 8, 1958, as the Route "6 Bus" replacing the truncated Route 6 trolley service to the Willow Grove Amusement Park. New Alternate service via Easton Road was added on September 3, 1961 replacing County Transit Company bus service. Route "6 Bus" was extended to Johnsville via Warminster on June 19, 1966, by merging with the Route 74 bus, another former trolley line. Service was rerouted into the new Willow Grove Park Mall on August 1, 1982. Route 6 was redesignated Route 22 on January 12, 1986, with the conversion of the Route "6 Streetcar" to bus operations. On September 7, 1997, service was streamlined to operate on the Easton Road and Old York Road routings between Glenside and Warminster. Service along Keswick Avenue and Edge Hill Road was eliminated; the right of way of old Route 6 trolley is still visible along Edge Hill Road.
A former Route 6 trolley car along this route can be found at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, Pennsylvania. As of 2008, all buses along both routes are ADA-compliant, contain bicycle racks. No plans are under way to restore the Route 6 line as light-rail service, nor are there such plans for the Route 22 line. SEPTA Route 6 and 22 Bus schedules Former Route 6 Trolley 1974 SEPTA Trolley History Brochure
SEPTA City Transit Division surface routes
The City Transit Division of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority operates all of Philadelphia's public transit, including all 6 trolley, 3 trackless trolley and 70 bus lines within city limits. Some of the bordering municipalities are served by the City Transit division, despite not being part of the city. For example, Cheltenham Township has 13 city division routes and zero of the Suburban Division routes; the City Transit division operates the 400 Series routes which are designed to serve students attending schools in the city of Philadelphia. The City Transit Division is broken down into the following districts: Allegheny, Comly, Frankford, Midvale and Contract Operations. Transit in Philadelphia started out with several dozen horse car and traction companies. In 1895, these companies began uniting under three main operations: Electric Traction Company, People's Traction Company, Philadelphia Transportation Company; the following year, these three consolidated into the new Union Traction Company.
In 1902, Union Traction Company went bankrupt. Despite efforts by Thomas E. Mitten, PRT went bankrupt in 1939. A new company, Philadelphia Transportation Company, took over PRT's business in 1940. National City Lines took over management of PTC on March 1, 1955 and began converting streetcar lines to bus routes. SEPTA, created in 1962, bought and took over PTC transit operations on September 30, 1968. After the purchase of the Red Arrow Lines on January 29, 1970, SEPTA designated the city services as its "City Transit Division". Today, these bus or trackless trolley routes were once operated as streetcar lines: Routes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 12, 17, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 46, 47, 48, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 64, 66, 73, 75 and 79. Many of the numbered routes were once lettered or named bus routes these include Routes 1, 4, 8, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 24, 28. 35, 65, 67, 68, 70, 77, The first bus route was Route A, established in 1923 between Center City Philadelphia and Frankford Terminal via Strawberry Mansion, Hunting Park Ave. and Roosevelt Blvd.
Route R replaced Route A along Hunting Park Ave, Roosevelt Blvd. Route A served Roxborough, Andorra within Philadelphia and Barren Hill in Montgomery County. Route A was eliminated and replaced by bus Routes 9, 27, 32 on February 4, 1984; the LUCY routes loop through a circular route in Philadelphia. There are two lines—Green and Gold—both of which travel along the same routes, but in opposite directions; because the line is a loop, there are technically no terminal stops, however the line's schedules list 30th Street Station as its end destination point. The Boulevard Direct, part of the SEPTA DIRECT BUS brand, operates along Roosevelt Boulevard between the Frankford Transportation Center and the Neshaminy Mall. Boulevard Direct offers limited-stop service along Roosevelt Boulevard, with service operating every 10-15 minutes during most times on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends; the service offers improved travel times compared to traditional bus service along Route 14, with more frequent service and several bus stops located on the far side of intersections to improve performance.
SEPTA offers a free interchange between the Boulevard Direct and the Route 14 bus for same direction travel. The Boulevard Direct service was launched on October 22, 2017; the Boulevard Direct is operated by the Comly District. SEPTA operates bus routes numbered in the 400 Series which are designed to serve students attending schools in the city of Philadelphia. Per federal regulations, SEPTA is not allowed to offer charter bus service for the School District of Philadelphia, so all riders are allowed to utilize the 400 Series routes. SEPTA ROUTE 41 was used twice: the original Route 41 went along 63rd Street and Market Street from Overbrook to Downtown; the second one replaced the part of Route T on Welsh Road on January 31, 1982. SEPTA ROUTE 51 went from Downtown Fairmount Park via Columbia Avenue. SEPTA ROUTE 63 went on Bainbridge Streets. SEPTA ROUTE 69 was used three times: the original Route 69 was replaced by Route 31 on September 10, 1938. Routes 68 and 69 merged into new SEPTA Route 70 on June 18, 1973.
SEPTA ROUTE 71 was used three times: The original Route 71 went from Darby to Media. By 1944, it was rerouted replacing Route 72. Part was replaced by Route 117 and the rest was eliminated; the second use of Route 71 was the Shopper's Special Route Darby-Aldan-Springfield-Law
Warminster station (SEPTA)
Warminster station is a SEPTA Regional Rail station in Warminster, Pennsylvania. It serves as the north end of the Warminster Line, the station is served by the Fall Foliage trains of the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, which offers diesel powered excursions between Warminster and New Hope; the station was a replacement for the former Bonair Reading Railroad Station. Original electrification from Hatboro was extended to Warminster in 1974; this station is wheelchair ADA accessible. Warminster station consists of a side platform along the tracks, wheelchair accessible; the station has a ticket office and waiting room, open on weekday mornings. There are four bike racks available. Warminster station has a daily parking lot with 562 spaces that charges $1 a day and a permit parking lot with 238 spaces that charges $25 a month. Train service at Warminster station is provided along the Warminster Line of SEPTA Regional Rail, which begins at the station and runs south to Center City Philadelphia. Warminster station is located in fare zone 3.
Service is provided daily from early morning to late evening. Most Warminster Line trains continue through the Center City Commuter Connection tunnel and become Airport Line trains, providing service to the Philadelphia International Airport. In FY 2013, Warminster station had a weekday average of 666 alightings. Media related to Warminster at Wikimedia Commons SEPTA - Warminster Station Station from Google Maps Street View
North Hills station
North Hills station is a station along the SEPTA Lansdale/Doylestown Line. The station, located in SEPTA Fare Zone 3 at the intersection of Station and Mount Carmel Avenues, includes a 147-space parking lot. In FY 2013, North Hills station had a weekday average of 219 alightings. North Hills has two low-level side platforms. SEPTA - North Hills Station
A side platform is a platform positioned to the side of a pair of tracks at a railway station, tram stop, or transitway. Dual side platform stations, one for each direction of travel, is the basic station design used for double-track railway lines. Side platforms may result in a wider overall footprint for the station compared with an island platform where a single width of platform can be shared by riders using either track. In some stations, the two side platforms are connected by a footbridge running above and over the tracks. While a pair of side platforms is provided on a dual-track line, a single side platform is sufficient for a single-track line. Where the station is close to a level crossing the platforms may either be on the same side of the crossing road or alternatively may be staggered in one of two ways. With the'near-side platforms' configuration, each platform appears before the intersection and with'far-side platforms' they are positioned after the intersection. In some situations a single side platform can be served by multiple vehicles with a scissors crossing provided to allow access mid-way along its length.
Most stations with two side platforms have an'Up' platform, used by trains heading towards the primary destination of the line, with the other platform being the'Down' platform which takes trains heading the opposite way. The main facilities of the station are located on the'Up' platform with the other platform accessed from a footbridge, subway or a track crossing. However, in many cases the station's main buildings are located on whichever side faces the town or village the station serves. Larger stations may have two side platforms with several island platforms in between; some are in a Spanish solution format, with two side platforms and an island platform in between, serving two tracks. Island platform Split platform
The Lansdale/Doylestown Line is a SEPTA Regional Rail line connecting Center City Philadelphia to Doylestown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Until 1981, diesel-powered trains continued on the Bethlehem Branch from Lansdale to Quakertown and Allentown. Restored service has been proposed, but is not planned by SEPTA; the line is used by the East Penn Railroad, serving Quakertown's industrial complexes and distribution centers. The Lansdale/Doylestown Line utilizes what is known as the SEPTA Main Line, a four-track line, owned by SEPTA since 1983, the former Reading Railroad Doylestown Branch; the main part of the line, from Philadelphia north to Lansdale, was part of the Reading Railroad's route from Philadelphia to Bethlehem, to Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Arriving and departing at the former Reading Terminal, now part of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the line has, since 1985, been directly connected to the ex-PRR/Penn Central side by the Center City Commuter Rail Tunnel. Unlike the ex-PRR/Penn Central Paoli/Thorndale Line it is paired with for through-service, the ex-RDG line was not as built, as the RDG segregated its through-freight and passenger movements.
While the four-track section between the tunnel and Wayne Junction and the two-track section from Wayne Junction to Jenkintown are grade-separated, the two-track section from Jenkintown to Lansdale and the single track from Lansdale to Doylestown has both at-grade railroad crossings and over- and underpasses. Electrified service between Philadelphia and Hatboro, Lansdale and West Trenton was opened on July 26, 1931. Equipment consisted of dark green painted electric multiple unit cars built at the Reading's own shops; some of the cars were rebuilt during the 1960s receiving air conditioning, refreshed interior and a new blue paint scheme resulting in their being referred to as "Blueliners". Today, the line uses the Silverliner family of EMU cars which operate throughout SEPTA's Regional Rail system. Service to Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley languished due to the post-World War II surge of the automobile as well as the opening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension in 1957. Service north of Lansdale in the non-electrified territory was terminated by SEPTA on July 29, 1981.
Trackage north of Quakertown was dismantled after the railbed was leased for use as the interim Saucon Rail Trail. Between 1984–2010 the route was designated R5 Doylestown and R5 Lansdale as part of SEPTA's diametrical reorganization of its lines. Lansdale and Doylestown trains operated through the city center to the Paoli Line on the ex-Pennsylvania side of the system; the R-number naming system was dropped on July 25, 2010. As of 2018, most Lansdale/Doylestown Line trains continue through Center City to Malvern or Thorndale on the Paoli/Thorndale Line. On August 29, 2011, SEPTA adjusted the midday service pattern to encourage ridership at Colmar station, which had available parking capacity adjacent to Pennsylvania Route 309; every other train turned back at Lansdale. On December 18, 2011, SEPTA eliminated weekend service at Link Belt and New Britain due to low ridership. In the fall of 2012, New Britain was added back to the weekend schedule as a flag stop. A large parking garage is to be built at Lansdale station.
9th Street station opened nearby on November 15, 2015 as an alternate parking location during construction. SEPTA activated positive train control on the Lansdale/Doylestown Line from Doylestown to Glenside on June 13, 2016. Positive train control was activated from Glenside to Fern Rock on December 12, 2016 and from Fern Rock to 30th Street on January 9, 2017; the Lansdale/Doylestown Line makes the following station stops after leaving the Center City Commuter Connection. Between FY 2008–FY 2014 yearly ridership on the Lansdale/Doylestown Line has held steady at 4.6 million, save for a brief dip to 4.3 million in FY 2010–2011. "SEPTA – Lansdale/Doylestown line schedule"
University City station
University City station is a train station in the University City section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the SEPTA Regional Rail system. The station serves the area around the University of Pennsylvania, is located at South Street and Convention Avenue. Located on the Media/Elwyn Line, it serves the Airport, Wilmington/Newark, Media/Elwyn, Manayunk/Norristown and West Trenton Regional Rail services. In 2013, this station saw 3091 boardings and 2950 alightings on an average weekday; the station is less than a block from the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field and the Palestra. In addition to the University of Pennsylvania campus, it is convenient to the medical campuses of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; the Drexel University campus, the Graduate Hospital campus and neighborhood across the Schuylkill River are nearby and accessible. University City station was conceived in 1979 by the City of Philadelphia as Civic Center, under which name it appeared on SEPTA informational maps of the 1980s.
That name was no longer relevant by the time construction began in 1991. The station instead opened with the regionally descriptive name of University City on April 24, 1995; the station has a nod to Penn's colors. Since its inception, the station has been a stop for all trains on the five SEPTA rail lines which pass through the station, including rush-hour express trains on the Wilmington/Newark and Media/Elwyn lines. Though not all lines serve it, University City is listed in timetables and other SEPTA literature as one of the five Center City Philadelphia stations, falls within the CCP/Zone 1 Regional Rail fare zone; the station is served by SEPTA bus route 40 which runs along South Street, bus routes 30, 42 and the LUCY Green Loop from the nearby corner of Convention Avenue and Health Sciences Drive. The station made a brief appearance in the movie Unbreakable as Elijah falls down the stairs to the platform, it is portrayed as a subway station with turnstiles in the movie, though in reality.
The Convention Avenue Entrance has ADA Gates. University City has one high-level island platform serving both tracks. SEPTA - University City Station Station House from Google Maps Street View