SEPTA City Transit Division surface routes

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SEPTA City Transit Division
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SEPTA NovaBus LFSA #8648 waits at 12th & Vine Streets in Center City Philadelphia.
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Parent SEPTA
Founded 1968
Headquarters 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Locale Philadelphia
Service area Philadelphia and immediate vicinity
Service type Local bus service
Routes 79
Fleet 977
Operator SEPTA
Chief executive Jeff Knueppel (General Manager)[1]
Website septa.org

The City Transit Division of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates almost 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.

History[edit]

Transit in Philadelphia started out with several dozen horse car, cable, and traction companies. In 1895, these companies began uniting under three main operations: Electric Traction Company, People's Traction Company, and Philadelphia Transportation Company. The following year, these three consolidated into the new Union Traction Company. In 1902, Union Traction Company went bankrupt; the company was reorganized as Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company (PRT) on July 1, 1902.

Despite efforts by Thomas E. Mitten, PRT went bankrupt in 1939. A new company, Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC), took over PRT's business in 1940. National City Lines (NCL) 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 (formerly streetcar Route 70), 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 (Boulevard Limited), 4 (Formerly Route C - Nedro Service), 8 (FOX - Frankford - Olney Express), 14 (Formerly Route B), 16 (Formerly Route C - Cheltenham Service), 18 (Formerly Route S), 19 (Formerly the Krewstown branch of Route W), 21 (Formerly Route D), 24 (Formerly Route N), 28 (Formerly the Rhawn Street branch of Route T). 35 (Formerly Route Z), 65 (Formerly Route E), 67 (Formerly Route W), 68 (Formerly Route M), 70 (Formerly Route Y), 77 (Formerly Route X),

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, and Roosevelt Blvd. Route A then served Roxborough, Andorra within Philadelphia and Barren Hill in Montgomery County. Route A was eliminated and replaced by bus Routes 9, 27, and 32 on February 4, 1984.

Numbered routes[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets History Notes
1
Wynnefield or Wissahickon Transfer Center Northeast Philadelphia or Parx Casino City Avenue, Ridge Avenue, Hunting Park Avenue, and Roosevelt Boulevard Originally known as the "Boulevard Limited", service started on November 18, 1957, operating from Pennypack Circle to Hunting Park and Wissahickon Aves. Service extended north to Tremont St. on June 22, 1959. Service extended to 54th St. and City Ave. on September 3, 1963. Service redesignated as Route 1 on September 12, 1988 with service extended to Red Lion and Academy Rds. in Northeast Philadelphia and to 69th Street Terminal. Service to 69th Street Terminal was eliminated September 9, 1996. Service extended to Byberry Industrial Park on September 13, 1999. Service extended to Philadelphia Park Casino (Now Parx Casino) on February 12, 2007. This route is the first time the Route 1 designator has been used on Philadelphia transit. Route 1 previously reserved for the Market-Frankford Line never put to use. Limited-stop service. No Sunday Service.
2
20th and Johnston Streets[2] Pulaski and Hunting Park Avenues or Wayne Junction station[3] 16th and 17th Streets This was the first trolley line in Philadelphia to receive a route number on October 11, 1911 when Brill Nearside cars were placed in service. Buses replaced streetcars on November 4, 1956. Southbound service moved from 15th Street to 17th Street on December 19, 1957 replacing Route 21 bus (Formerly a streetcar route) North of Market Street and Route 32 streetcar (South of Market Street). No replacement of transit service on 18th Street. Northbound service continues on 16th Street today. Limited weekday service extended to Wayne Junction Regional Rail station on February 27, 2017.[4] Limited weekday service to Wayne Junction station
3
33rd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue[5] Frankford Transportation Center[6] Cecil B. Moore Avenue (Formerly known as Columbia Avenue), Kensington Avenue, and Frankford Avenue Buses replaced streetcars on February 4, 1956.[7][8] Current bus route follows old trolley route with minor changes. Runs underneath the elevated tracks of the Market-Frankford Line from Front and Berks Streets to Frankford Transportation Center.[9]
4
Fern Rock Transportation Center[10] NRG station[11] Broad Street Service started February 19, 2012. Service was formerly the Fern Rock division of the Route C.[12][13] The original Route 4 went from South Philly to North Philly via 6th and 7th Streets, Master St, and 2nd and Front Streets (went on Lehigh Street before 1923) until 1930, when it was replaced by Route 57 and Route 65.
5
Penn's Landing Frankford Transportation Center 3rd Street, 2nd Street, and Frankford Avenue Route 5 streetcar ran from Frankford Ave. & Bridge St. (Frankford) to 3rd St. & Oregon Ave. (South Philadelphia). Buses replaced streetcars on December 24, 1955. Second trolley route operated full-time by PCC's to be converted to bus operations in Philadelphia. Service south of Old City (2nd & Spruce Sts.) merged into Route 57 on May 16, 1993. Southbound service via 2nd Street eliminated. Northbound service via 3rd Street replaced by Route 57. Service cut back to Front & Market Sts. on December 6, 1998.
Olney Transportation Center Cheltenham & Ogontz Bus Loop Cheltenham Avenue, Ogontz Avenue This was once a popular trolley line to Willow Grove Amusement Park (current location of the Willow Grove Park Mall). It was created from Willow Grove Park to the City Line. By 1932, it extended south replacing all of Route 49. Buses replaced trolleys north of Cheltenham Avenue to Willow Grove on June 8, 1958 (PCC 2134 was the last trolley to Willow Grove). Bus service known as "6 Bus" (see: Route 22 History). Remaining trolley service operated south of Cheltenham & Ogontz Avenues Loop (Cheltenham Square Mall). Buses replaced the streetcars on the remaining portion of the Route 6 on January 11, 1986. Route "6 Bus" renamed Route 22 on the same date to eliminate confusion over the current Route 6. Note that an earlier Route 6 on Luzerne-10th-11th was discontinued in 1920. 24-hour service
7
Pier 70 33rd and Dauphin Streets Oregon Avenue, 22nd Street, 23rd Street, and 29th Street Route 7 streetcar ran from 33rd & Dauphin Streets (Strawberry Mansion) to 20th & Johnson Streets. (South Philadelphia). Buses replaced streetcars on May 29, 1955. Weekday service extended via Oregon Ave. to 2nd Street with peak hour service to Delaware Ave. (Columbus Blvd.) on May 2, 1964 replacing Route 80 bus service (Formerly Route 80 trackless trolley). Full service on weekdays and weekends extended to Oregon & Delaware Avenues on June 19, 1983. Service extended to Pier 70 Shopping Center on December 6, 1998.
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Olney Transportation Center Frankford Transportation Center Tabor Road, Roosevelt Boulevard, and Pratt Street Formerly known as the "Frankford-Olney Express" or "FOX". Service began June 19, 1973. Service redesignated Route 8 on September 4, 1984. Midday service has been eliminated and restored several times depending on SEPTA financial conditions. Current midday service restored September 2, 2008. (For PTC Route 8 streetcar service see Routes 39 and 57). Limited stop service. Service operates only on Weekdays.
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Andorra Independence Mall Ridge Avenue, Schuylkill Expressway, Chestnut Street, and Walnut Street Service replaced Route A Express service via Ridge Ave. and to Andorra on February 5, 1984. Service cut back from Andorra to Summit Loop on September 1, 2002 due to community opposition to buses operating on residential streets all day long. Service extended to the Andorra Shopping Center on November 12, 2006. (Route 9 streetcar from South Philly to Fairmount Park via 4th and 5th Streets, Arch Street, 22nd and 23rd Streets, Cecil B Moore, 31st and 32nd Streets was discontinued in 1956).
63rd Street and Malvern Avenue 13th Street Station Lansdowne Avenue and Lancaster Avenue Subway-Surface trolley line. Routed into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on December 15, 1906. In 1929, it was rerouted so that it went on Landsowne and 61st rather than on Girard, replacing part of Route 44. Schedules and line on system maps are colored green. 24-hour service. Service does not operate to 40th Street & Woodland Ave. Station. Trolleys depart the Subway-Surface Tunnel at 36th and Market Sts.
Darby Transportation Center Center City Woodland Avenue Subway-Surface trolley line. Routed into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on December 15, 1906. Schedules and line on system maps are colored green.
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50th Street and Woodland Avenue Dock Street and Columbus Boulevard Grays Ferry Avenue, Locust Street., and Walnut Street The Route 12 trolley ran from 13th & South Streets to Darby via Grays Ferry and Woodland Avenues. Service was cut back from Darby to Island & Elmwood Aves. on November 6, 1955. Buses replaced streetcars on July 21, 1956 with bus service operating between 49th St. & Woodland Ave. and 5th & Market Sts. via Market St. Route 90 merged into Route 12 with service in Center City rerouted via Walnut and Locust Sts. on September 7, 1997.
Darby Transportation Center or Yeadon 13th Street Station Chester Avenue Subway-Surface trolley line. Trolley service originally operated from Yeadon to Front & Chestnut Sts. via Chestnut and Walnut Sts. Service rerouted into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on September 9, 1956. Service extended to Darby when the Route 62 Darby-Yeadon shuttle was merged into the Route 13 on January 24, 1971. Route 62 was the shortest trolley route in the world. Schedules and line on system maps are colored green. 24-hour service. Only Route 13 depot pull-in and pull-out trolleys operate to and from Darby.
14
Frankford Transportation Center Neshaminy Mall or Oxford Valley Mall Bustleton Avenue, Roosevelt Boulevard., and U.S. Route 1 Business Formerly known as Route B. This route started on June 26, 1921, and is now the oldest still operating bus route within the City Transit Division, Service at one time operated to Trenton, New Jersey. Service was eventually cut back to Langhorne. Service extended from Langhorne to Oxford Valley Mall September 3, 1978. Service redesignated Route 14 on June 16, 1985. Service on this route has been changed several times. Major restructuring occurred January 31, 1982, June 16, 1985, and September 11, 1988. New service to Byberry Industrial Park introduced February 14, 1990. When riding buses on this route, one must carefully look at the designation signs to determine if that bus will service one's designation. There are over 20 different designations for Route 14. The original Route 14 along 42nd Street became part of Route 30 after 1971 (see Route 30 for more information). 24-hour service (Frankford Transportation Center to Neshaminy Mall only)
63rd Street and Girard Avenue[14] Richmond and Westmoreland Streets[15] Girard Avenue and Richmond Street Service originally operated to Bridge & Richmond Streets. Service cut back to Richmond & Westmoreland on February 24, 1956, which is the current route. Buses replaced streetcars on September 13, 1992; streetcars restored on September 4, 2005[16] using rebuilt PCC trolley cars known as PCC-II cars within SEPTA. This route at one time issued and received more transfers than any other streetcar route in the city. Schedules and line on system maps are colored green; surface trolley line, 24-hour service.
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Cheltenham & Ogontz Bus Loop[17] City Hall[18] Broad Street, Cheltenham Avenue Service started February 19, 2012. Formerly the Cheltenham Division of the Route C. The original Route 16 went from Downtown to Fairmount Park via North 19th and 20th Streets and York and Dauphin Streets; that was eliminated in 1929, as it was mostly redundant to Routes 8/39 and Route 33.
17
South Philadelphia Penn's Landing 20th Street, 19th Street, and Market Street Buses replaced streetcars on December 28, 1957. Service extended to the former Philadelphia Naval Base on April 8, 1973. Route 71 replaces weekday midday service from Pattison Ave. to the Philadelphia Naval Business Center on February 22, 2004. 24-hour service; During Mondays through Fridays, service on Route 17 terminates at Broad Street & Pattison Avenue, while Route 71 replaces that route from that point all the way to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard (former Philadelphia Naval Base). On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, Route 17 continues to operate to and from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard via the Route 71's routing.
18
Cedarbrook, Cheltenham Olney Transportation Center (express) or Fox Chase (local) Stenton Avenue (express)
Vernon Road, Chew Avenue, Olney Avenue, Rising Sun Avenue, and Oxford Avenue (local)
Formerly known as Route S. Service introduced August 8, 1926. Peak hour service extended to Paper Mill Glen on October 5, 1959. On February 1, 1960 service was extended from Olney Terminal to Rising Sun Av. & Knorr St. Loop with peak hour service to Fox Chase. Express service established at the same time. Route S redesignated Route 18 on June 16, 1985 at the same time all weekday and weekend service extended to Fox Chase replacing Route 26 service. Service to Paper Mill Glen eliminated at the same time. Service extended to Cedarbrook Plaza on June 18, 1995. (PTC Route 18 went from South Philly to Downtown along 22nd and 23rd Streets, Catharine and Bainbridge Streets, 19th and 20th Streets, and Chestnut and Walnut Streets, and was eliminated on April 1, 1953, as it was redundant to Route 7). 24-hour service
19
Frankford Transportation Center Torresdale Station Cheltenham Avenue,

Oxford Avenue, Whitaker Avenue, Algon Avenue, Krewstown Road, and Grant Avenue

Formerly known as the Krewstown branch of the Route W. Route 19 service introduced June 17, 1985. Service extended to the Torresdale Train station (Trenton Line) on September 14, 1987. The original Route 19 went from South Philly to North Philly via 6th and 7th Streets and Germantown Avenue; that was eliminated in 1929 and was replaced by rerouted Route 53 when not redundant to Route 4 (which this section became part of Route 65 the next year). No Sunday Service.
20
Frankford Transportation Center Parx Casino, Philadelphia Mills Mall or Academy Gardens Roosevelt Boulevard, Academy Road Service introduced November 12, 1962. Service extended to Neshaminy Mall on September 11, 1988. Service between Franklin Mills Mall (now Philadelphia Mills Mall) and Neshaminy Mall transferred to Route 130 on November 19, 2000. Late night service extended to Philadelphia Park Casino (Now Parx Casino) on February 11, 2007. (For PTC Route 20 Streetcar see Route 23 history). 24-hour service
21
69th Street Transportation Center or West Philadelphia Penn's Landing Chestnut Street, Walnut Street Formerly known as Route D. Service originally operated from 69th Street Terminal or Wycombe in Upper Darby via Chestnut and Walnut Streets in West Philadelphia and then Locust and Samson Sts. in Center City Philadelphia to 4th St. due to Route 13 and 42 streetcar operations on Chestnut and Walnut Sts. Service in Center City moved to Chestnut and Walnut Sts. on September 9, 1956 after removal of streetcar service. Service was extended from 4th St. to 2nd St. on January 18, 1976. Service extended to Front & Walnut Sts. on September 2, 1979. Service extended to 2nd & Market St. via the Penn's Landing Viaduct on September 8, 1985. Service on the Wycombe (Upper Darby) branch transferred to the Route 42 on June 16, 1996. On August 31, 2008 all service extended to 69th Street Terminal eliminating the 61st & Pine Sts. branch. (For PTC Route 21 streetcar see Route 2).
Olney Transportation Center Willow Grove Park Mall or Warminster Township Cheltenham Avenue, Easton Road, York Road. Service on this bus route began on June 8, 1958 as the Route "6 Bus" replacing Route 6 trolley service to the Willow Grove Amusement Park. New Alternate service via Easton Road added on September 3, 1961 replacing County Transit Company bus service. Route "6 Bus" extended to Johnsville via Warminster on June 19, 1966 by merging Route 74 bus (former trolley line) into Route "6 Bus". Service rerouted into the new Willow Grove Park Mall on August 1, 1982. Route 6 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 Ave. and Edgehill Road (original trolley route) was eliminated. Right of way of old Route 6 trolley still visible along Edgehill Road. The original Route 22 went from Willow Grove to Doylestown via Doylestown Pike; this became part of Route 55.
Chestnut Hill Center City Germantown Avenue, 11th Street, 12th Street Service on Route 23 used to operate via 10th & 11th Sts. Route 20 streetcar combined into Route 23 on December 29, 1957. Route 23 southbound service moved from 10th St. to 12th St. replacing southbound Route 20 streetcar. Northbound Route 20 streetcar service on 13th St. eliminated. Route 20 streetcar service to Olney Terminal eliminated. Trolley service had been bused off and on due to street and trolley track construction. Buses replaced trolleys full-time on February 27, 1992. Weekend streetcar service was restored on the Chestnut Hill (Westview Ave. to Bethlehem Pk.) portion of the route under the name of "Chestnut Hill Trolley" from September 13, 1992 until June 15, 1996. In Center City the "Welcome Line" trolley operated on 11th & 12th Sts. between Girard Ave. and Bainbridge St. in 1995 and during the holiday season of 1996 and 1997. Since then, trolleys service along the Route 23 has been non-existent. Restoration of streetcar service is questionable. The City of Philadelphia wants the trolleys back. SEPTA doesn't. All trackage on Germantown Ave. has been replaced with new rail since 1977. Trackage along 11th & 12th Sts. remain with small portions paved over. SEPTA does have plans in it long term Capital Budget (beyond 5 years) to purchase new trolley cars for the Route 23 and restore the rails. Missing from the Capital Budget is money to build a new trolley depot to house and maintain them. When trolleys were operating on the Route 23 it was considered the longest streetcar route in the world. Route 23 has the highest ridership of any SEPTA bus or trolley line (FY 2009: 6,612,788 Annual Riders). In 2016, Route 23 was split in two. The South Philadelphia portion of the route now operates as Route 45. 24-hour service (North of Erie Avenue only)
24
Frankford Transportation Center Rockledge, Bethayres, or Southampton Pratt Street, Oxford Avenue, Huntingdon Pike Formerly labeled Route N. Service redesignated Route 24 on September 12, 1988 with service extended to Bethayres. Route 24 Express service established during SEPTA's Railworks Project (Reconstruction of SEPTA's Regional Rail Line Mainline from Wayne Junction to Market East) in 1992 and 1993. Route 24 Express service discontinued after SEPTA's Railworks. Weekday service extended to Southampton replacing Routes 301 and 302 on April 1, 2001. The original Route 24 went via 15th and 16th Streets and York Road until 1929 as it was redundant to Routes 2, 55, and 66.
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Frankford Transportation Center Columbus Commons Shopping Ctr. Aramingo Avenue, Columbus Boulevard (Delaware Avenue) This route was originally a short dinky trolley line from Front St. & Girard Ave. (Girard Ave. MFL Station) to Cedar St. & Lehigh Ave.. Buses replaced streetcars on April 9, 1949. This route has seen major expansion since SEPTA took over. Service extended along Aramingo Avenue to Aramingo Ave. & Wheatsheaf La. on June 14, 1987. Service extended north to Richmond & Orthodox Sts. on September 13, 1987. Service extended south to Spring Garden St. MFL Station on February 28, 1988. Service extended north to Frankford Terminal on September 7, 1997. Service extended via Columbus Blvd. (Formerly: Delaware Ave.) to Pier 70 Shopping Center on December 6, 1998, replacing part of Route Q. Service extended south to the Columbus Crossing Shopping Center on September 5, 2004. Service rerouted via Butler and Richmond Streets in Bridesburg on September 3, 2006.
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Frankford Transportation Center Chelten Avenue Station Chelten Avenue, Olney Avenue, Tabor Road, Magee Avenue Route 26 streetcar operated from Germantown to Fox Chase via Chelten, Ogontz, and Rising Sun Avenues. Buses replaced streetcars on January 28, 1956. New branch of the Route 26 and Route S called the 26&S started service on February 25, 1973 and provided weekday service to Frankford from the Germantown area of Philadelphia. Service restructured on June 16, 1985 with Route 26 service rerouted east of Rising Sun & Olney Loop to serve Frankford Terminal replacing Route 26&S. Service along Rising Sun Ave. and Oxford Ave. to Fox Chase replaced by Route 18 (Formerly: Route S). An earlier Route 26 via the Kensington-6th and 7th Streets Line was eliminated in 1922.
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Center City Plymouth Meeting Mall or Barren Hill Vine Street Expressway, Schuylkill Expressway, Henry Avenue, Ridge Pike Service replaced Route A Express service via Henry Avenue and to Barren Hill on February 5, 1984. Service extended to Plymouth Meeting Mall on September 10, 1989. Service rerouted to serve the Metroplex Shopping Center on September 3, 2000. The southern terminal point of the route has been relocated several times. An earlier Route 27 via the Kensington-12th and 13th Streets Line was eliminated in 1922.
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Fern Rock Transportation Center Holmesburg Cadwalader Avenue, Rhawn Street Service introduced January 31, 1982 replacing the Rhawn Street branch of the Route T from Cottman & Torresdale Aves. Loop to Fox Chase. Service extended from Fox Chase to Fern Rock BSL Station (Fern Rock Transportation Center) on September 11, 1988 replacing lightly patronized Route XA. Original loop route via the Philadelphia Correctional Facilities eliminated at the same time. An earlier Route 28 via North 2nd and 3rd Streets Line was eliminated in 1922.
33rd and Dickinson Streets[19] Pier 70[20] Tasker Street, Morris Street Route 29 streetcar service started November 16, 1913 replacing Route 7 crosstown streetcar service on Tasker and Morris Sts. Trackless trolleys replaced streetcars on August 9, 1947. Service was cut back one block on the eastern end of the route from Water St. to Front St on April 3, 1993. Buses replaced trackless trolleys on February 23, 2003 along with service extended east to the Pier 70 Shopping Center. Buses replaced trackless trolleys due to the reconstruction of the Tasker Avenue Homes in the Grays Ferry section of the city that closed several streets permanently. Restoration of trackless trolley service is questionable. The wires are still up along Tasker and Morris Sts. with the exception of the area around the rebuilt Tasker Avenue Homes. Residents and city officials would like the trackless trolleys back. SEPTA with the purchase of cleaner hybrid buses feel restoring trackless trolleys would be not be in their best interest since only a few coaches and restoration of trackless trolley poles and wire would be needed on the western end of Routes 29. Also at issue is the extension of service to Pier 70 Shopping Center. The shopping center owner do not want trackless trolley wire poles erected on their property. Cutting the route back to Front St. would eliminate needed direct service for residents to the shopping center. (Also see Route 79 about trackless trolley service in South Philadelphia).
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69th Street Terminal 30th Street Station Haverford Avenue, Vine Street This streetcar line has the shortest operation as a Subway-Surface Line. Service was rerouted into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on June 8, 1913 replacing surface operation via Market Street to the Delaware Ave. Ferry Terminal. Subway-Surface Tunnel routing eliminated November 21, 1915 with streetcars terminating at 40th & Market Sts. Buses replaced streetcars on August 20, 1950. Weekday service extended to 30th Street Station through the consolidation of Bus Route 14 (formerly streetcar line) and Route D-1 (University City to 30th St. Station). Service extended to Lansdowne & Haverford Aves. on January 13, 1991. Service extended to 69th Street Terminal on September 8, 1996. 40th & Market St. to 30th Street Station (University City) route served only on weekdays.
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76th Street and City Avenue City Hall 63rd Street, Chestnut Street, Walnut Street, Market Street This was the first streetcar line to operate into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on December 18, 1905. Subway-Surface Tunnel service withdrawn on June 17, 1907 with streetcars operating via Market St. to Front St., Service restored into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on December 28, 1930. Route 31 then ended at Market & 63rd. Route 69 streetcar line merged into Route 31 with service extended to Lansdowne & Haverford Aves. on September 11, 1938. Subway-Surface operation eliminated on May 15, 1949 due to MFL subway construction with service terminating at 40th & Market Sts. Buses replaced streetcars on June 16, 1956 with bus service extended back to City Hall via Market St., Service rerouted via Mantua (Route 38 routing) on an unknown date. After 1957, it was also rerouted from 65th & Vine to 63rd & Haverford, replacing part of Route 41. Service rerouted onto Chestnut and Walnut Sts. between 46th and 63rd Streets due to the Market Street El Reconstruction Project on September 7, 2003. Off and on Route 31s shuttle bus established on Market Street until June 17, 2006. Restoration of Route 31 service to Market Street still pending due to bad street conditions.
32
Broad and Carpenter Streets Ridge and Lyceum Avenues Henry Avenue, 33rd Street Service replaced Route A Local service to Roxborough and Andorra via Ridge Avenue on February 5, 1984. Service between Roxborough and Andorra eliminated on September 8, 1996 due to SEPTA budget constraints. The terminal point and route on south Broad Street has been changed a few times. The original Route 32 streetcar went from South Philly to Downtown via 17th and 18th Streets and Market Street until 1957, when it was replaced by rerouted Route 2.
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23rd and Venango Streets Penn's Landing 19th Street 20th Street, Market Street Original streetcar routing through Center City Philadelphia was on Arch Street. Buses replaced streetcars on December 24, 1955. Crosstown Center City service moved from Arch St. to Market St. on December 29, 1957. Service extended via Penn's Landing Viaduct on February 23, 1992. 24-hour service
61st Street and Baltimore Avenue 13th Street Station Baltimore Avenue Subway-Surface trolley line. Routed into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on December 15, 1906.

Schedules and line on system maps are colored green.

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Manayunk Roxborough Ridge Avenue, Main Street, Leverington Street Formerly known as Route Z. Service introduced on December 13, 1931 replacing Chestnut Hill-Norristown Railway Company trolley service from Main St. & Ridge Ave. to Main & Levering Sts. in Roxborough. Service extended east to Broad St. & Erie Ave. (Erie Ave. BSL Station) on February 1, 1942. Service eliminated between Wissahickon Loop and Broad St. Erie Ave. on June 18, 1961. Service restructured into the "Roxborough-Manayunk Loop" with service operating in a clockwise loop between Ridge Ave. & Fountain Sts. and Main St. & Green Lane on April 14, 1963. Service redesignated as Route 35 on October 8, 1967. Service extended back to Wissahickon Loop (Transfer Center) on June 7, 1998 in an effort to attract additional ridership. Service extended from Roxborough to Andorra on September 1, 2002 to allow small buses to replace large buses operating in the Andorra section of the city (See: Route 9). Service restructured back into "Roxborough-Manayunk Loop" on November 12, 2006 due to route being below "SEPTA Service Standards". This route continues to perform below "SEPTA Service Standards" but is a life line for residents due to the terrain known as the "Manayunk Wall" of the Roxborough and Manayunk area. On June 19, 2011 service to Wissahickon loop was restored while the 35 was rerouted due to the 30 foot buses being phased out to have it go down Leverington Avenue instead of onto Silverwood onto Main and then finishing at Ridge Avenue and Domino replacing the Route 61 to Summit loop. The original Route 35 streetcar went from West Philly to Fairmount Park via 49th Street, 52nd Street, and Parkside Avenue, and was replaced by Routes 38A and 70 in 1929.
80th Street and Eastwick Avenue 13th Street Station Elmwood Avenue Subway-Surface streetcar line. Original streetcar service operated via Center City on Market Street to Front & Market Sts. Service rerouted into the Subway-Surface Tunnel and extended to the Westinghouse Plant in Essington on November 5, 1955 replacing Route 37 trolley service. OWL (24-hour) service transferred from Route 37 to Route 36 at the same time. Service cut back to 94th St. & Eastwick Ave. on September 9, 1956. Service cut back to 88th St. & Eastwick Ave. on August 15, 1962, Service cut back to 84th St. & Eastwick Ave. on January 5, 1966, Service extended back to 88th St. & Eastwick Ave. on December 11, 1972. Service cut back to 80th St. & Eastwick Ave. (Intersection no longer exist, today's current trolley loop is located at or near this location) on April 26, 1975. Schedules and line on system maps colored green. 24-hour service operates to Island Rd. & Elmwood Ave. (Elmwood Depot) only.
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South Philadelphia Philadelphia International Airport or Chester Transportation Center Lindbergh Boulevard, Industrial Highway (PA 291), Passyunk Avenue Route 37 trolley service originally connected Chester and 3rd & Jackson Sts. in South Philadelphia. This route was also known by its nickname "The Chester Short Line" Service to Center City Philadelphia via the Subway-Surface Tunnel began on February 15, 1911. The line ran from Chester via Essington Ave. (Currently known as the Industrial Highway)(PA 291) through the swamp area (now John Heintz-Tinicum Wildlife Refuge Center) before running on Eastwick Avenue (now abandoned). The line turned up Island Road (Avenue) then turned east on Woodland Avenue where it joined Subway-Surface Trolley Route 11 and Surface Streetcar Route 12. OWL (24-hour) service operated via Elmwood Avenue, replacing the Route 36 streetcar between Island Road and 49th Street and Woodland Avenue, to serve the late shift at the General Electric plant at 69th Street and Elmwood Ave. During World War II, Route 37 brought thousands of Philadelphia workers to industry jobs at Westinghouse, Baldwin Locomotive Works, and Sun Shipbuilding and elsewhere along the Delaware River waterfront and Chester. Six special routes that ran only at shift-change times were created to transport workers from Sun Ship (37A-37D) and Westinghouse (37E and 37F) to locations that regular Route 37 streetcars did not serve. At 1:18 a.m. on August 28, 1946, a crowded trolley (5106) and a truck collided on the Crum Creek Bridge. Both vehicles caught fire; all passengers escaped without injury, but the bridge was destroyed, and that was the end of trolley service to Chester, as buses replaced trolleys between the Westinghouse Loop (Lester) and Chester. The rest of the Route 37 trolley was converted to bus operation on November 5, 1955, with buses being redirected to the Snyder Ave. (BSL) Station in South Philadelphia replacing Bus Route 81 (former streetcar line) along Passyunk Ave., Trolley service between Center City and Westinghouse Loop was transferred to Subway-Surface Route 36. In the mid-1970s, service in the Airport area was rerouted via Lindbergh Blvd., 84th St, and Bartram Ave. due to the building of I-95 and Airport expansion. New service was introduced to the Eastwick Industrial Park on June 21, 1981, with service being rerouted to serve the nearby Auto Mall on September 9, 1990. PNC Eastwick service was introduced September 13, 1988, with service to Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack introduced September 3, 2006. 24-hour service (overnight service terminates at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack)
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Wissahickon Transportation Center Independence Square/5th and Market Streets Belmont Avenue, River Park & Mantua Benjamin Franklin Parkway The original streetcar line ran from Parkside Loop on Parkside Ave. (connections with the Fairmount Park Trolley line) to Delaware Ave. (now Columbus Blvd.) & Market St. (Market St. Ferry Terminal). The location of Parkside Loop has been moved several times over the years (44th, 52nd, 48th, 49th St. with a new loop planned for 50th St. to replace the current one at 49th St.). Streetcars were rerouted into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on August 7, 1908. Plans for a Subway-Surface Route 38 were already in the making as the PTC had the new routing down. The line was to enter & exit the same subway portal as current Subway-Surface Route 10 uses today at 36th & Market Sts. however the plan fell through so Route 38 ended up being converted to bus on October 15, 1955 following its former trolley route to 33rd and Market Sts. Service was extended back to City Hall via Market St. on May 27, 1956. Route 38 does have the title of "Shortest time of full time PCC operations in the City of Philadelphia" just operating them for just one month. On September 1, 1960 service was extended to the Presidential Apartments (near City Ave. & Presidential Blvd.) via Belmont Ave. replacing Route XB bus service. New Express service was established on weekdays and Saturdays via the Schuylkill Expressway and Girard Ave. between Center City and Parkside. At the same time service was extended to Broad & Spruce Sts. in Center City Philadelphia. Local service via Powhattan Village was transferred to Route 30 with all buses operating via the express route on June 16, 1963. Service was extended to the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center on January 28, 1973. Express service via the Schuylkill Epxressway was eliminated in favor of new local service via the Ben Franklin Parkway replacing the "Cultural Loop" bus on June 19, 1983. This change allowed SEPTA to promote this bus route to out of town tourist. On June 15, 1986 due to bridge weight restrictions on 34th St. at the Philadelphia Zoo service was divided into two routes "via Zoo" with service operating via Pennsylvania Ave., 32nd St. and Girard Ave. and "Via Mantua" providing service through the residential Mantua section of the city. Westbound service through Center City was moved from Chestnut St. to Market St. on June 11, 1989 to allow the conversion of Chestnut Street from a transitway back to a regular city street. Service was extended to the Wissahickon Transfer Center on September 9, 1990. On May 16, 1993 service was restructured by eliminating the "Via Zoo" routing (service transferred to Route 76) and service to the Bala Cynwd Shopping Center. New service to the relocated "Please Touch Museum" in Fairmount Park added on November 2, 2008. Today the current Route 38 does not resemble the old Route 38 streetcar service. An Annual Service Plan proposal in 1996 to restore Route 38 to its original Baring Street streetcar routing was rejected by the SEPTA board.
39
Strawberry Mansion Fishtown Susquehanna Avenue, Dauphin Street This was a combined streetcar route referred to as the Route 8/39 streetcar line. Both streetcar lines started at the same point at 33rd & Dauphin Sts. Loop (Strawberry Mansion) and followed the same routing (Eastbound via Dauphin St. and Westbound via Susquehanna Ave.) to Front & Dauphin Sts. (York-Dauphin MFL Station) where they separated and went to two different designations (Route 8 to Richmond & Norris Sts. and Route 39 to Richmond & Cumberland Sts.). Buses replaced streetcars on both lines on February 25, 1956. On June 16, 1974 Route 8 was reduced to a short shuttle bus line from York-Dauphin MFL station to Richmond & Norris Sts. This left only the Route 39 as the only bus route on Dauphin and Susquehanna Sts., On February 8, 1998 eastbound service was rerouted via 5th St., Lehigh Ave., and American St. due to the permanent closure of Dauphin St. between 5th and American Streets. With the exception of the eastbound buses being rerouted via Lehigh Ave. the bus route follows the old streetcar routing.
40
Conshohocken Avenue and Monument Road 2nd and Lombard Streets Parkside Avenue, South Street., Lombard Street Streetcar service operated from Parkside Loop (See: Route 38) to 2nd & Lombard Sts. Buses replaced streetcars on September 8, 1956. PM night service rerouted via Pine St. east of Broad St. on weekends beginning February 28, 1988. Service extended to Conshohocken Ave. & Monument Rd. on April 4, 1993 replacing a portion of Route 85 bus service. PM weekend service operated via Pine Street due to traffic congestion on South Street.
West Philadelphia or Upper Darby Penn's Landing Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Spruce Street The streetcar line ran from 61st and Pine Sts. near Cobbs Creek to Front and Chestnut Sts. via Spruce, Chestnut, and Walnut Streets. Buses replaced streetcars on September 8, 1956. In 1965 service extended to 2nd & Dock Sts. in the Society Hill section of the city. In 1972 service was rerouted to serve 38th St., University Ave. and Civic Center Blvd. Westbound service rerouted via the Chestnut Street Transitway between 7th and 17th St. on June 20, 1976. Westbound service rerouted back to Walnut St. between 7th & 17th Sts. on June 20, 1993 with the conversion of the Chestnut Street Transitway back into a regular street. Service extended west to Wycombe (Upper Darby) via Marshall Road replacing Route 21 service to that location also service extended to 2nd & Market Sts. via the Penn's Landing Viaduct on June 16, 1996. 24-hour service
43
50th Street and Parkside Avenue Richmond and Cumberland Streets Spring Garden Street Streetcar service ran from Parkside Loop (See: Route 38) to Front and Fairmount Sts. in the Northern Liberties section of the city. Buses replaced streetcars on July 4, 1956. Service extended to Penn Treaty Park on September 13, 1994. Penn Treaty Park extension eliminated February 13, 1994. Service extended back to Penn Treaty Park on June 8, 1997. Service extended from Penn Treaty Park to the Port Richmond Village Shopping Center on June 20, 1999.
Ardmore (limited peak hour service to Gladwyne) Center City Montgomery Avenue, City Avenue, Schuylkill Expressway The history of this route can not be told without including the history of Route 121 (Formerly Route 44G and then 49). Service on Route 44 started by the Philadelphia Transportation Company "PTC" on September 6, 1960 between City Hall and 54th St. & City Ave. via the Schuylkill Expressway (weekday operation only). Red Arrow Lines begins joint operation with PTC on Route 44 on February 12, 1962 with service extended to Ardmore via Narberth and to Independence Mall (5th & Market Sts.) in Center City Philadelphia. Saturday service added August 31, 1963. Route 44G a branch of Route 44 to Gladwyne begins service in 1964. SEPTA takes over PTC portion of operations on September 28, 1968. SEPTA takes over complete operations on January 29, 1970 with service being operated by both City Transit Division (CTD) and Suburban Transit Division (STD). New alternate service via Montgomery Ave. bypassing Narberth added January 29, 1973. Sunday service added on September 4, 1983. Route 44G Gladwyne service redesignated Route 49 on November 21, 1988. City Transit Division takes over complete control of the Route 44 and renamed Route 121 (Formerly: Route 49) on November 26, 1989. Eastbound service rerouted via 30th Street Station on September 7, 1997. Gladwyne service added on February 8, 2009 replacing Route 121 service. The original Route 44 went from Haddington to Downtown via Lansdowne Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, Spring Garden Street, and Arch Street until 1929, when it was replaced by rerouted Route 10 went it was not redundant to Routes 43 and 9. Gladwyne service only operates weekdays.
45
Broad-Oregon Center City 11th Street, 12th Street Split off from Route 23 in late November, 2015[21] to become a separate bus route. Was formerly a trolley route that ran up and down 11th street and 12th street. Now serves South Philadelphia and Chinatown, beginning at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, and terminating at Noble Street, a narrow street a few blocks below Spring Garden Street.[22] The original Route 45 went along Island Road from Hog Island to Eastwick. This was eliminated in 1925, but restored in 1944. This was cancelled by 1957. Another Route 45 was created on July 30, 1962. It started as a combined Red Arrow/PTC joint operation; under SEPTA it was a combined Suburban/City Transit operation until November 26, 1989 when the Route 45 was redesignated Route 125 and new Route 124 was created as a spin-off of Route 45 to service Henderson Road and Chesterbrook.
46
Overbrook Angora 60th Street Streetcar service ran from 60th St. & Lansdowne Ave. to 58th St. & Woodland Ave. via 60th and 58th Street. This was the one of the last streetcar lines in Philadelphia to use double-ended streetcars. Buses replaced streetcars on August 11, 1957. At the same service was extended south to 58th St. & Lindbergh Blvd. and north to 63rd St. & Malvern Ave. Loop via Lansdowne Ave. and 63rd St., on September 6, 1964 service was cut back from 58th & Lindbergh to 58th St. & Baltimore Ave. in the Angora section of the city. Service to 63rd & Malvern Loop was rerouted via 60th St. and Columbia Ave. in the mid-1960s. In 1977 service was extended from Angora to Darby via Yeadon replacing Route 78 bus service (formerly a dinky streetcar line from Darby to Lansdowne). On September 10, 1989 service between Angora and Darby reduced to a shuttle bus operation requiring a transfer between Route 46 to Route 46 Shuttle buses. Service between Angora and Darby eliminated September 8, 1996.
47
Whitman Plaza[23] 5th Street and Godfrey Avenue[24] 8th Street, 7th Street, 6th Street, 5th Street Buses replaced streetcars in two stages. Original streetcar service through Center City Philadelphia and South Philadelphia operated on 8th and 9th Streets, starting on Wolf Street.[25] Buses replaced streetcars south of Spring Garden Street on July 9, 1967 under Philadelphia Transportation Company ownership due to construction of the PATCO Speedline underneath 8th Street.[26] Buses replaced streetcars on the rest of the line (north of Spring Garden Street) on June 15, 1969[27] under Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Service extended to Whitman Plaza in South Philadelphia on January 22, 1989. Selected trips rerouted to bypass the Italian Market on June 11, 1989 due to traffic congestion. Service restructured on May 16, 1993 moving northbound service in South Philadelphia and Center City from 9th Street to 7th Street. Service on 9th Street replaced by Route 47m due to opposition to removal of bus service via the Italian Market. Service Improvement Pilot Began April 18, 2011 in South Philadelphia by having buses stop every other block. The City of Philadelphia also agreed not to interfere with Route 47 buses during the peak hours with trash collection. SEPTA discontinued the every other block bus stops due to stops signs at every block on October 30, 2011. 24-hour service
47m
Whitman Plaza 8th and

Spring Garden Streets

9th Street, 8th Street Service introduced on May 16, 1993 replacing northbound Route 47 service on 9th Street in South Philadelphia and Center City Philadelphia. Service operated only in a northbound direction and not operated on Mondays due to the Italian Market not being open on Mondays. Southbound service added via 8th Street on February 5, 1995. Monday service added June 18, 1995. Some southbound Route 47m trips may be displayed as Route 47.
48
27th Street and Allegheny Avenue Penn's Landing[28] 29th Street, Market Street, Arch Street Streetcar service operated both directions on Arch Street in Center City Philadelphia. Buses replaced streetcars January 28, 1956. Eastbound service through Center City moved from Arch St. to Market St. in 1959.
49
29th Street & I-76 33rd & Dauphin Streets 33rd Street, 20th/21st Streets, Chestnut Street, Ellsworth Street, 28th & 29th Street Begins operation early 2019.[29][30] The original Route 49 became part of Route 6 by 1932, the second one was renumbered from Route V; it went along 49th and 48th (replacing part of Route 70) and became part of Route 64 after 1971; the third one (former Route 44G) was created on November 21, 1988; it was renumbered Route 121 on November 26, 1989 (See Route 44 and Route 52).
Frankford Transportation Center Parx Casino Roosevelt Boulevard, Academy Road, Ashton Road Service introduced on February 11, 2007. (see Route 57 for Route 50 streetcar service) Service operates limited stop service along Roosevelt Blvd.
52
Wynnefield (limited peak service to Gladwyne) 49th Street and Woodland Avenue[31] 52nd Street Formerly known as Route 70. Buses replaced streetcars on May 28, 1955. Redesignated Route 52 on September 6, 1964 with service south of Baltimore Ave. removed from Baltimore Ave. and 49th Street to operate via 54th Street and Greenway Avenue at the same time peak service operated to 58th St. & Lindbergh Blvd. replacing Route 46 service, Peak hour service to 58th St. & Lindbergh Blvd. eliminated June 16, 1996 due to poor ridership. Short trips added between Woodland Ave. and Parkside Loop (49th St. & Parkside Ave) on February 11, 2001. Due to the expansion of St. Joseph University campus the northern end of the route was rerouted via Overbrook Train station on June 15, 2003 then via Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center on City Ave. on January 23, 2005 after opposition of additional bus service via Drexel Road in the Overbrook section of the city. Some peak hour trips extended to Gladwyne on February 8, 2009 replacing Route 121 service (Also see: Route 44). Service to Park West Town Center begins June 19, 2011. (see Route K for Route 52 streetcar service) 24-hour service
Tioga West Mt. Airy Wayne Avenue The original route went along 12th and 13th Streets and Wayne Avenue from South Philly to Capenter. By 1932, it was rerouted to replace Route 19. This was the first streetcar line in Philadelphia to receive PCC cars. On Sundays Routes 53 and 75 streetcar lines were operated as one route between Mt. Airy and Bridesburg. This consolidated service ended when the Route 75 was converted to trackless trolley operation. On May 16, 1985 at 9am SEPTA track insepctors discovered misaligned rails on Wayne Ave. forcing buses to replace streetcars forever. Due to the closure of Luzerne Depot (replaced by Midvale Depot)[32] service rerouted to terminate on street at 10th & Luzerne Sts. on June 8, 1997, Service extended to Broad St. & Hunting Park Ave. on February 22, 2004. Streetcar tracks still visible on Wayne Ave. on the bridge crossing over SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West Line and at the old Carpenter Loop.
54
Strawberry Mansion Port Richmond Lehigh Avenue Western end of streetcar service originally operated to trolley loop at Ridge & Lehigh Aves. Buses replaced streetcars on June 4, 1955. Western terminal moved from Ridge & Lehigh Aves. and extended to 33rd & Dauphin Sts. Loop to connect with Routes 7, 32, and 61. Bus routing almost identical to the streetcar routing except on western end as mentioned above.
55
Olney Transportation Center Willow Grove or Doylestown Old York Road, Easton Road (Pa. Route 611) The Route 55 trolley originally operated from Broad & Olney Terminal to Willow Grove. This was a second route to the Willow Grove Amusement Park (current location of Willow Grove Park Mall). Buses replace streetcars on September 8, 1940 with only rush hour streetcar service south of the Cheltenham Avenue & Old York Road-City Line. Then Full-time streetcar service south of the City Line restored on May 11, 1942. Streetcar service south of the city to Broad & Olney replaced by buses except during rush hours on December 3, 1945. All streetcar service replaced by buses on June 27, 1952. Service extended to Doylestown on June 19, 1966 replacing Route 22 bus service (former trolley line). Service extended to Cross Keys just north of Doylestown on February 2, 1975. Service rerouted to serve the new Willow Grove Park Mall on August 1, 1982. Service extended to the new Cross Keys Place shopping center on September 7, 1997.
23rd and Venango Streets or Bakers Centre [33] Torresdale and Cottman Avenues[34] Erie Avenue, Torresdale Avenue In 1929, Route 56 extended from Mayfair to Frankford, replacing Route 58. Buses replaced trolleys on September 13, 1992. Restoration of trolley service is questionable. Currently along Torresdale Ave. all track has been paved over, overhead wire and trolley wire support poles have been removed. Along Erie Avenue, he track area has been paved over west of Broad St. Between Broad St. and Frankford Ave. all trolley overhead wires infrastructure has been removed. As mentioned with the Route 23 the same issues are there concerning the Route 56. SEPTA has a plan to purchase new cars and restore tracks, wires, and right of way along Erie Avenue. There has been some talk outside of SEPTA about moving Route 56 service to Wayne Junction where it would provide a connection with SEPTA's Regional Rail services. Night Owl service restored on September 4, 2005. 24-hour service
57
Rising Sun and Olney Avenues or Fern Rock Transportation Center Whitman Plaza American Street, 3rd Street, 4th Street Streetcar service operated from 2nd St. & Erie Ave to 29th & Jefferson Sts. via Front, 2nd and 3rd Streets in a north/south direction with North Philadelphia crosstown service operating via Jefferson and Master Streets. The section along Front, 2nd and 3rd Streets replaced part of Route 4 in 1930. Buses replaced trolleys on June 18, 1955. The northern terminus was extended to 2nd St. & Godfrey Ave. on June 19, 1966. The northern terminus was cut back to Front & Spencer Sts. on January 22, 1967. A new branch of the route to Norris & Belgrade Sts. began on September 5, 1976 replacing Route 8 bus service (former streetcar line). Service was extended to the Fern Rock Transportation Center on January 31, 1982 replacing former Route XO bus service. Service restructured on May 16, 1993 by merging Route 50 now a bus route and the southern portion of Route 5 into one route. Service south of Lehigh Avenue moved to American Street. Northbound service south of Girard Ave. operates via 3rd Street replacing Route 5 service from South Philadelphia. Southbound service south of Girard Ave. operates via 4th Street replacing Route 50 (former streetcar) to South Philadelphia. Southbound Route 5 service on 2nd St. and Northbound Route 50 service on 5th St. through South Philadelphia eliminated. Crosstown Route 57 on Jefferson and Master Sts. (since eliminated) and the Route 57 branch service to Norris & Belgrade Sts. merged into a restructured Route 89. Since May 16, 1993 a few minor route changes have been made to this route. Weekend service operates on a combined Saturday/Sunday schedule.
58
Frankford Transportation Center Somerton or Neshaminy Mall Bustleton Avenue Formerly known as Route 59b. Service introduced April 18, 1949 replacing Route 59 streetcar service between Bustleton & Castor Aves. (Bells Corner) and Bustleton Ave. & Lott St. Service operates via Bustelton Ave. south of Cottman Ave. The original Route 58 went from Frankford to Mayfair via Margaret/Orthodox and Torresdale Avenue; this became part of Route 56 in 1929.
Arrott Transportation Center[35] Castor and Bustleton Avenues/Bells Corner[36] Castor Avenue Trackless trolleys replaced buses in 1950. Buses temporarily replaced trackless trolleys in 2003; trackless service restored in 2008
35th Street and Allegheny Avenue Cumberland and Richmond Streets Allegheny Avenue Buses replaced streetcars in 1978. 24-hour service
61
Roxborough or Manayunk Center City Umbria Street, Main Street, Ridge Avenue Buses replaced trolley buses in 1961.
62
Andorra Center City Umbria Street, Main Street, Schuylkill Expressway Formerly labeled "61 Express". (For the Route 62 Darby-Yeadon Shuttle, see Route 13.)
64
Parkside Pier 70 46th Street, Washington Avenue Portions of old bus Route 63 (which went on Catharine and Bainbridge) merged with today's Route 64 (which was rerouted from Federal and Wharton to Washington) in September 2003. After 1971, it extended west along 49th and 48th, replacing Route 49.
65
69th Street Transportation Center Germantown Avenue and Chelten Avenue City Avenue, Walnut Lane Formerly labeled Route E.[37] The original Route 65 went along 4th and 5th Streets and Old York Road from Downtown to Logan. Between 1923 and 1932, Route 65 was moved to 6th and 7th streets, replacing part of Route 4. On April 4, 1953, it was eliminated (because it was mostly redundant to Route 23)
Frankford Transportation Center Frankford Avenue and Knights Road Frankford Avenue Trackless trolleys replaced streetcars in 1955; Buses temporarily replaced trackless trolleys in 2003; trackless service restored in 2008.[38] 24-hour service
67
Frankford Transportation Center Bustleton or Philadelphia Mills Mall Verree Road, Red Lion Road Formerly labeled Route W. A spur used to run on Jeanes Street until residents protested and had it removed in 1982. When it was rerouted SEPTA changed the letter W to the numbered route 67. The original Route 67 went on the Zoo-33rd and 36th Streets Line until 1918.
68
South Philadelphia Eastwick, UPS Air Hub or 69th Street Transportation Center, Tinicum Moyamensing Avenue, Bartram Avenue Formerly labeled Route M. The original Route 68 went on the Point Breeze-11th and 12th Streets Line until 1914. A second Route 68 went from 3rd & Highland, Chester to Brookhaven on June 30, 1960. Routes 68 and 69 merged into new SEPTA Route 70 on June 18, 1973. A later Route 68 went from Darby via Gladwyne to Ardmore (discontinued February 1982). 24-hour service (weekdays only)
70
Fern Rock Transportation Center Tacony or Holmesburg Cottman Avenue, State Road Formerly labeled Route Y. (see Route 52 for Route 70 streetcar service) Routes 68 and 69 merged into another SEPTA Route 70 on June 18, 1973. This Septa Route 70 was redesignated Route 117 on June 30, 1986.
73
Frankford Transportation Center Port Richmond Bridge Street, Richmond Street Buses replaced streetcars in 1948. 24-hour service
Arrott Transportation Center Wayne Junction Regional Rail Station Wyoming Avenue A section was renumbered Route 26 by 1932. Trackless trolleys replaced streetcars in 1948. Cut back from Richmond & Orthodox in Bridesburg in mid-1960s due to I-95 construction; replaced by J bus Buses temporarily replaced trackless trolleys in 2003; trackless service restored in 2008
77
Chestnut Hill[39] St Vincent Street and Roosevelt Boulevard Willow Grove Avenue, Glenside Avenue, Township Line Road, Cottman Avenue Formerly labeled as Route X. The original Route 77 went from Chester to Media and became part of Route 116, but was later replaced by Route 114.
78
30th Street Station Cornwells Heights station Market Street, Interstate 676, Interstate 95 Route created Fall 2010. (See Route 46 for the old route of Route 78)
  • Cornwells Heights Express, no intermediate travel in Center City.
  • Special fare required: $6 or Zone-3 TrailPass.
  • Weekday late night service only, 1 northbound and 2 southbound trips.
29th Street and Snyder Avenue Columbus Commons Snyder Avenue Buses replaced streetcars in 1956; Trackless trolleys replaced buses in 1961; Buses replaced trackless trolleys in 2003. 24-hour service
80
Olney Transportation Center Horsham Broad Street, Cheltenham Avenue, Fitzwatertown Road New service initiated in 2001. The original Route 80 went on Oregon Avenue in South Philly (but was replaced by extensions of Route 7 and Route G); the second one was designated on January 29, 1970. That was redesignated Route 118 on June 30, 1986. (which was later discontinued). Limited-stop service. Peak hours only (Weekdays only)
84
Frankford Transportation Center Somerton State Road, Southampton Road Portions were parts of Routes T & 88.
88
Frankford Transportation Center Pennypack Park or Bethayres Welsh Road Portions formerly labeled Route T (later Route 41).
89
Arrott Transportation Center Front and Dauphin Streets Aramingo Avenue, Castor Avenue, G Street. Portions formerly labeled Route P, portions were part of former Route 8. The original route went via Tioga and Venango.
310
Willow Grove station or Willow Grove Park Mall[40] Horsham Welsh Road, Dresher Road, Moreland Road[41] "Horsham Breeze Red";[42][43] Service along Blair Mill Road transferred to Route 311 bus on February 27, 2017.[44][45][46] Contract operations out of Germantown Depot, limited weekday service to Willow Grove station, no Sunday service
311
Willow Grove station or Willow Grove Park Mall Horsham Welsh Road, Blair Mill Road "Horsham Breeze Blue"; Service split from Route 310 bus on February 27, 2017. Contract operations out of Germantown Depot, limited weekday service to Willow Grove station, no Sunday service

Lettered routes[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets History Notes
G
Overbrook or Lankenau Hospital Columbus Commons 56th Street, 57th Street, 58th Street, Passyunk Avenue, and Oregon Avenue Portions of former Route 80 trolleybus and Route 46 streetcar 24-hour service; Serves 63rd & Malvern during Morning Peak Hours Only
H
Broad Street and Erie Avenue Cheltenham & Ogontz Bus Loop[47] Cheltenham Avenue, Greene Street, Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Easton Road
J
Wissahickon and Chelten Aves (Germantown) Bridesburg Lindley Avenue, Margaret Street, Orthodox Street (Frankford & Logan) Portions of former streetcar and trackless route 75 east of Frankford Avenue 24-hour service along Orthodox St and Lefevre/Margaret Sts (night owl service: two trips between Frankford Transportation Center and Westmoreland Loop)
K
East Falls Arrott Terminal Adams Avenue, 66th Avenue, Chelten Avenue Portion from Germantown to Fern Rock is former streetcar Route 52
L
Olney Transportation Center Erdenheim or Plymouth Meeting Mall Stenton Avenue, Germantown Pike 24-hour service
R
Frankford Transportation Center Wissahickon Transfer Center Roosevelt Boulevard, Hunting Park Avenue Portions of bus route A 24-hour service
XH
Tioga Cheltenham & Ogontz Bus Loop Cheltenham Avenue, Greene Street, Washington Lane

LUCY routes (Route 316)[edit]

The LUCY routes (Loop through University CitY) loop through a circular route in University City, 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 buses, in fact, take their layovers on JFK Boulevard just west of 30th Street.

Route Major streets Notes
Green Loop Market Street, Civic Center Boulevard, 38th Street Contract operations out of Germantown Depot
Operates in clockwise loop
Gold Loop Contract operations out of Germantown Depot
Operates in counterclockwise loop

Boulevard Direct[edit]

Boulevard Direct bus at Neshaminy Mall

The Boulevard Direct, which is part of the SEPTA DIRECT BUS brand, operates limited stop bus service 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.[48] 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.[49]

Former routes[edit]

  • SEPTA ROUTE 41 was used twice: the original Route 41 went along 63rd Street and Market Street from Overbrook to Downtown; this became part of Route 31 and Route 10 after 1957. The second one replace the part of Route T on Welsh Road on January 31, 1982; this later became part of Route 88.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 51 went from Downtown Fairmount Park via 8th and 9th Streets and Columbia Avenue; this was eliminated in 1929 and replaced by rerouted Route 3.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 63 went on Catharine & Bainbridge Streets; it was eliminated in September 2003 in exchange for rerouting of Route 64.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 69 was used three times: the original Route 69 was replaced by Route 31 on September 10, 1938; the second Route 69 was created on June 30, 1960 from Chester to Buckman Village and Highland Village. Routes 68 and 69 merged into new SEPTA Route 70 on June 18, 1973; the third Route 69 (former Route F) was discontinued on December 7, 1990; it went from Wynnefield along Columbia, Creighton, Jefferson, Parkside, Ford, Conshohocken, Neill, Presidential (it went on Belmont and City going south, and Presidential going north), and Belmont to Manayunk.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 71 was used three times: The original Route 71 went from Darby to Media; it was converted to buses on August 13, 1938. By 1944, it was rerouted replacing Route 72. Later, 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-Lawrence Park-Ardmore Junction; it ran from 1971 to 1972. The third one went from Overbrook to Paoli and Exton. It was replaced by Route 105 on November 28, 1983. The fourth one was a new one initiated in 2004, from Navy Yard to Broad Street. It was discontinued in late 2012 and replaced with the private Navy Yard Shuttle on December 3rd.[50][51]
  • SEPTA ROUTE 72 was used twice: the first one went from Folsom to Prospect Park via Lincoln Avenue and was replaced by rerouted Route 71 by 1944; the second one went from Darby to Delmar Village; it merged with Route 83 to form Route 115 on June 30, 1986.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 74 was used twice: the first one went from Willow Grove to Hatboro and was replaced by part of Route 6 Bus on June 19, 1966; the second one was redesignated as Route 114 on June 30, 1986.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 76 was used twice: the first one went from Darby to Marcus Hook and was replaced by an extended Route 113 on November 28, 1983, and the second one was a replacement of Mid-City Loop Ben Franklin line service from 5th and Market to the zoo.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 81 was used twice: the first one operated in South Philly along Passyunk Avenue and Snyder Avenue until after 1955; the second one operated from Springfield to Decker Square via US 1.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 82 was used twice: the first one operated on the Chester-47th Street Line until 1918; the second one went from Chester to Springfield; regular service was discontinued but school service for Cardinal O'Hara ran until 1986 when Ridley Township School District took over the operation.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 83 was used twice: the first one operated on the Island Road Line until 1918; the second one (former Victory Depot Route H) was created on June 16, 1975 from Darby to Brookline; it merged with Route 72 to form Route 115.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 85 was used twice: the first one went on the Race and Arch Streets Line until 1914; the second one was discontinued on April 4, 1993, with portions transferred to Route 40; the section on Ford Rd has no service now.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 86 was used twice: the first one went on the Glenside Short Line until 1913. The second one was rerouted from Grant Ave to Welsh Rd, and continued on Torresdale Ave to Linden Ave between 1958 and 1960; it later became part of Route T (later Route 41, now Route 88) and Route 88.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 87 went via Northeast Village, Academy Road and Linden Avenue; part became part of Route 20; the rest was discontinued because the Airport had expanded, closing part of the roads Route 87 went on between 1960 and 1964.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 90 went on Spruce & Pine Street (east of 8th)/Locust Street (west of 8th) and looped on 26th, South, and 22nd. This was discontinued.
  • SEPTA ROUTE 121 was renumbered from Route 49 on November 26, 1989. It became part of Routes 44 and 52 on February 8, 2009.
  • SEPTA ROUTE A was split into Routes 9, 27 & 32 on February 5, 1984. The section on Roosevelt & Hunting Park became part of Route R by 1971.
  • SEPTA ROUTE B was renamed Route 14 on June 16, 1985.
  • SEPTA Route C was a line operated primarily upon Broad Street. Buses alternated between running between from Cheltentham Avenue and Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane and City Hall, with every other bus originating at Fern Rock Transportation Center, joining into Broad Street at Rising Sun Avenue and terminating at Geary Avenue in the South Philadelphia. Although the routing of Route C was highly redundant to the Broad Street Line subway, SEPTA justified the alignment because it provided more frequent stops than the subway, thus better serving passenger with stops between subway stops. In FY 2010, the route had 4,520,308 annual passengers, and 14,958 average weekday passengers, for a total of $4,211,345 in passenger revenue. The route, with 26 vehicles at peak hours, cost $13,421,916 to operate, yielding a 31% farebox recovery ratio.136,640 (average weekday FY 2010)[52] On February 19, 2012, Route C was split into routes 4 and 16.
  • SEPTA ROUTE D was renamed Route 21.
  • SEPTA ROUTE E was renamed Route 65.
  • SEPTA ROUTE F was used twice: the first one was discontinued by 1971 (went from Overbook to Angora via 64th, 63rd, and 62nd), the second one was renamed from Red Arrow Route "K" when SEPTA bought Victory Depot, but Route F was renamed Route 69, which was discontinued on December 7, 1990.
  • SEPTA ROUTE M was renamed Route 68.
  • SEPTA ROUTE N was renamed Route 24 on September 12, 1988, with service extended to Bethayres.
  • SEPTA ROUTE O became part of Route Y (and the rest was redundant with Route N) by 1971, and is now part of Route 70.
  • SEPTA ROUTE P was became part of rerouted Route 89 after 1971.
  • SEPTA ROUTE Q was discontinued; it later became a southern extension of Route 25 and an eastern extension of Route 43.
  • SEPTA ROUTE S was renamed Route 18 on June 16, 1985.
  • SEPTA ROUTE T was split into Routes 28 and 41 on January 31, 1982. One section was transferred to Route 84.
  • SEPTA ROUTE U became part of Route 108 on April 4, 1993.
  • SEPTA ROUTE V was renamed Route 49 between 1964 and 1966, and is now part of Route 64.
  • SEPTA ROUTE W was split into Routes 19 and 67 on June 16, 1985.
  • SEPTA ROUTE X originally went from Erdenheim southeast and west to the city line. Route X laater extended east, and the original section was transferred to Route L by 1971; Route X was renamed Route 77 in 1995.
  • SEPTA ROUTE Y was renamed Route 70.
  • SEPTA ROUTE Z was renamed Route 35 on October 8, 1967.
  • SEPTA ROUTE XA became an extension of Route 28 on September 11, 1988.
  • SEPTA ROUTE XB became an extension of Route 38 on September 1, 1960.
  • SEPTA ROUTE XO became an extension of Route 57 on January 31, 1982.

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References[edit]

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  35. ^ "SEPTA | Route 59 | Castor-Bustleton to Arrott Transportation Center | Weekday | to Arrott Transportation Center". www.septa.org. Retrieved 2017-07-16. 
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