52nd Street station (Market–Frankford Line)

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52nd Street
SEPTA rapid transit station
SEPTA 52nd Street Station Exterior.jpg
Station exterior as seen from 52nd Street
Location5200 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′35″N 75°13′30″W / 39.9597°N 75.2250°W / 39.9597; -75.2250Coordinates: 39°57′35″N 75°13′30″W / 39.9597°N 75.2250°W / 39.9597; -75.2250
Owned bySoutheastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsSEPTA City Bus: 31, 52
Structure typeElevated
Disabled accessYes
OpenedMarch 4, 1907[1][2]
RebuiltFebruary 2008[3]
Electrified700 volts DC third rail
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
56th Street Market–Frankford Line 46th Street
toward Frankford
Former services
Preceding station Philadelphia Transportation Company Following station
56th Street Market Elevated 46th Street
toward Frankford
52nd Street is located in Philadelphia
52nd Street
52nd Street
Location within Philadelphia

52nd Street station is an elevated stop on the Market-Frankford Line, above the intersection of 52nd Street and Market Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The station lies at the junction of four neighborhoods. Haddington is to the northwest, Dunlap to the northeast, Walnut Hill to the southeast, and Cobbs Creek to the southwest.

The SEPTA bus routes serving 52nd Street are routes 31 and 52. 52nd Street is a major shopping corridor in West Philadelphia.


52nd Street station is one of the original Market Street Elevated stations built by the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company; the line opened for service on March 4, 1907 between 69th Street and 15th Street stations.[1][2]

From October 2006 to February 2008, the station underwent a rehabilitation project as part of a multi-phase reconstruction of the entire western Market Street Elevated.[4] The renovated station included new elevators, escalators, lighting, and other infrastructure, as well as a new brick station house.[3] Unlike other stations in the project, 52nd Street was never closed for an extended period of time.[3] The project resulted in the station becoming compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In April 2007, the Philadelphia Police Department labeled this intersection the "Worst Corner In The City" due to the high crime and rate of shootings on the block. There were 16 shootings within a 4-month span beginning in June 2006.[5]

The station prior to reconstruction, showing its 1970's Bicentennial trim

Station layout[edit]

There are two side platforms connecting to a station house on the southeast corner of 52nd and Market streets. Two exit-only stairs descend to the west side of 52nd Street.

Platform level
Side platform Handicapped/disabled access
Westbound      Market–Frankford Line toward 69th Street (56th Street)
Eastbound      Market–Frankford Line toward Frankford (46th Street)
Side platform Handicapped/disabled access
M Mezzanine Fare control, connection between platforms
G Street level Station house, buses


  1. ^ a b Cox, Harold E. (1967). May, Jack (ed.). The Road from Upper Darby. The Story of the Market Street Subway-Elevated. New York, NY: Electric Railroaders' Association. p. 16. OCLC 54770701.
  2. ^ a b Hepp, John (2013). "Subways and Elevated Lines". The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.
  3. ^ a b c "Market Street Elevated (MSE) Reconstruction Project". SEPTA. Archived from the original on November 15, 2008.
  4. ^ "SEPTA 'Elebrates' End Of Project". September 11, 2009. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Gambacorta, David (2007-04-11). "52nd & Market Called City's Deadliest Corner". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-09-04.

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