8th Street station (Philadelphia)

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8th Street
8th & Market
8th & Market

8th Street Patco-Septa Station.jpg
Eighth Street station main entrance
Location Eighth & Market Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°57′07″N 75°09′24″W / 39.952076°N 75.156612°W / 39.952076; -75.156612
Owned by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (upper level)
City of Philadelphia (lower level)
  Broad Street Line Ridge Spur
Platforms 3 side platforms (2 Market-Frankford, 1 Broad-Ridge Spur)
1 island platform (PATCO)
Tracks 2 – Market-Frankford Line
2 – PATCO Speedline
1 – Broad-Ridge Spur
Connections City Bus SEPTA City Bus: 47, 61
SEPTA Regional Rail (at Jefferson Station)
Structure type Underground
Disabled access Yes
Opened August 3, 1908 (8th Street Station, Market Street Subway-Elevated, upper level)
December 21, 1932 (Market Street Station, Ridge-8th Street Subway, lower level)
Rebuilt February 15, 1969 (as 8th and Market station, Broad-Ridge Spur, upper level)
2009 (made ADA accessible)
Electrified Third rail:
700 volts DC (MFL)
600 volts DC (BRS)
750 volts DC (PATCO)
Previous names Ridge-8th Street Subway
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
toward 69th Street
Market–Frankford Line
toward Frankford
Market–Frankford Line
Market–Frankford Line
Terminus Broad Street Line
 Ridge Spur 
toward Fern Rock
Preceding station   PATCO   Following station
PATCO Speedline
toward Lindenwold
PATCO Speedline
Philadelphia Express
PATCO Speedline
Franklin Square
closed 1979
toward Lindenwold
8th Street station (Philadelphia) is located in Philadelphia
8th Street station (Philadelphia)

8th Street is a subway station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the corner of 8th Street and Market Street. It is served by SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line and Broad–Ridge Spur, and the PATCO Speedline. The station is owned by SEPTA; PATCO leases its section.

The station is known as 8th Street on the Market-Frankford Line and the Broad-Ridge Spur, and 8th & Market on the PATCO Speedline. It has two levels, with PATCO running N/S on the lower level and SEPTA running E/W on the upper level. The Broad-Ridge Spur, a branch of the Broad Street Line, ends at the station on a single track as the southern terminus. It originally used an abandoned track connection to travel through the Locust Street Subway (now used by PATCO). No free transfers are available, even between the Market-Frankford Line and the Broad-Ridge Spur.

For decades 8th and Market was Philadelphia's retail hub, with major department stores Strawbridge's, Gimbels and Lit Brothers located at that corner, all with direct entrances to the subway. A concourse still feeds traffic from the station to The Gallery at Market East shopping mall.

Market-Frankford Line[edit]

SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line occupies the upper level of the station. The station has two side platforms on the north and south sides of the stations. Passengers may use a staircase within the paid area to transfer between platforms.


PATCO occupies the lower level of the station. The station has one island platform located perpendicular to the Market-Frankford Line tracks above. The PATCO platform has two fare areas, one at the platform's north end (adjacent to the MFL's 69th Street-Bound Platform), the other at the south end (adjacent to the MFL's Frankford-Bound Platform). Each fare area contains a staircase, an elevator, and an "up escalator." Each PATCO platform has a distinct accent color: the 8th Street accent color is teal.

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Entrances/Exits
B1 North Mezzanine Crossover
Upper MFL Platform
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound Market–Frankford Line toward 69th Street (11th Street)
Eastbound Market–Frankford Line toward Frankford (5th Street)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
B2 South Mezzanine Access to The Gallery Mall, Jefferson Station & Center City Commuter Connection
Upper BSR Platform
Northbound Ridge Spur toward Fern Rock (Chinatown)
Side platform, doors will open on the left
Lower PATCO Platform level
Westbound PATCO toward 15–16th & Locust (9–10th & Locust)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Eastbound PATCO toward Lindenwold (City Hall)
(No service: Franklin Square)

Note: The Broad–Ridge Spur and the Market–Frankford Line platforms, while on the same level, are perpendicular to each other.


External links[edit]

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