22nd Street station (SEPTA)
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|(replaced PTC 24th Street elevated station)|
|Location||Twenty-second and Market Streets
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Tracks||4 (2 rapid transit, 2 tram)|
|Connections||Former B&O Station|
|Opened||October 15, 1955|
22nd Street station is a subway station in Philadelphia. It is located in Center City and serves the SEPTA Subway–Surface Trolley Lines. Similar to 19th Street station, it has two side platforms with a total of four tracks. Only the two outer tracks serve the station; the two inner tracks are used for the Market-Frankford Line as it travels between 15th Street and 30th Street station. Since the station is only served by the trolley lines, there is no fare collection at the station; all fares are paid on board the trolley itself. This will change with the SEPTA Key system, as turnstiles will be installed at this station.
22nd Street Station was a replacement for the former 24th Street station, constructed by the Philadelphia Transit Company.
24th Street Station
24th Street Station was a station on the Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC) Subway-Surface Trolley System, located at 24th and Market (not really an intersection). The station was built by the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company (PRT) for its passengers wanting board a trolley for a faster way into Center City Philadelphia and passengers transferring from the nearby Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at 24th Street Station (no physical connections) that ran underneath the subway-surface lines for a way into Center City. The Subway-Surface Trolley Lines that served this Station were Routes 10, 11, 31 (until 1949), 34, 37 & 38.
The Philadelphia Transportation Company's 24th Street Station was the only station on the Subway-Surface Lines not physically underground nor was it on the surface; it was built on an embankment just before the trolleys went into or exited the 23rd Street Subway Portal. As the Subway-Surface Trolleys exited the 23rd Street Subway Portal they would climb the embankment into the Station. The station was constructed of wood. Passengers transferring from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station would take the Philadelphia Transportation Company's Subway-Surface Lines into downtown Philadelphia. Also the Philadelphia Transportation Company's Market-Frankford Line passed through this station en route to Bridge Street or South Street via the 23rd Street Subway Portal.
Replacement by 22nd Street Station
On October 15, 1955, the eastbound side of this station was closed to passenger service and all trolley lines were re-routed into the new subway tunnel which was extended from 22nd & Market Streets to 44th & Market Streets, also at this time a new underground station at 22nd Street was constructed and replaced this one at 24th Street. One month later on November 6, 1955, the westbound side of this station was closed and all passenger service was discontinued to/from 24th Street PTC station. The bridge that carried the trolleys and "El" trains over the Schuylkill River into the subway was torn down by June 20, 1956.
Today all that remains of the 24th Street PTC station is just space, which stood between the Market Street Bridge and what is now known as the J.F.K Boulevard Bridge. All service is operated underground and is known as the SEPTA's Subway-Surface Lines and Routes 10, 11, 13 34 & 36 are known today as the Subway-Surface Lines.