North Philadelphia station (Broad Street Line)

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North Philadelphia
North Philadelphia Subway Station.jpg
A train at North Philadelphia station in 2011
Location 2700 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°59′39″N 75°09′16″W / 39.99417°N 75.15444°W / 39.99417; -75.15444Coordinates: 39°59′39″N 75°09′16″W / 39.99417°N 75.15444°W / 39.99417; -75.15444
Owned by SEPTA
Platforms 2 island platforms
Tracks 4
Connections City Bus SEPTA City Bus: 4, 16, 54
At North Broad: At North Philadelphia station:
Disabled access Yes
Opened September 1, 1928
Rebuilt April 29, 2010
Electrified Third rail (600 volts) (BSL)
Previous names Lehigh
Preceding station   SEPTA.svg SEPTA   Following station
toward AT&T Station
Broad Street Line
toward Fern Rock
toward 8th & Market
Broad Street Line
toward Fern Rock

North Philadelphia is a rapid transit passenger rail station on SEPTA's Broad Street Line. It serves both local trains and Broad-Ridge Spur trains. It is located in Philadelphia under North Broad Street with headhouses at Glenwood Avenue and Lehigh Avenue; the station takes its name from this portion of the city in spite of being one of several stations serving the area. It is adjacent to North Broad station (served by SEPTA Regional Rail) and North Philadelphia station (served by Regional Rail and Amtrak).


Headhouse at Lehigh Avenue constructed during the 2005-2010 renovation

North Philadelphia station opened with the initial segment of the Broad Street Line on September 1, 1928, in the growing North Philadelphia area.[1] The Pennsylvania Railroad's North Philadelphia station and the Reading Railroad's then-under-construction North Broad Street station were nearby; a direct passage was built from the subway station to the pedestrian underpass at North Broad Street station.[2]

As the neighborhood deteriorated over the decades, the passage was closed; the headhouses at Glenwood Avenue became exit-only.[2] Around 2005, SEPTA embarked on a $17.7 million reconstruction of the station which included five new headhouses (including the ability to enter from Glenwood), elevators for handicapped accessibility, new signage, and improved amenities. The work was originally to be completed by in fall 2007.[3] However, by the end of 2007, the headhouses were complete but the elevators were not yet installed.[4] The rebuilt station was dedicated on April 29, 2010.[1]

Station layout[edit]

G Street Level Entrances/exits, connection to Amtrak and SEPTA Regional Rail
M Mezzanine to entrances/exits, fare control
Platform level
Southbound local Local toward AT&T (Susquehanna – Dauphin)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Southbound express Ridge Spur toward 8th – Market (Girard)
Express does not stop here
Northbound express Express does not stop here →
Ridge Spur toward Olney or Fern Rock (Erie)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
Northbound local Local toward Fern Rock (Allegheny)


  1. ^ a b "SEPTA Celebrates North Philadelphia Station Overhaul" (Press release). Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. 30 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Darlington, Peggy; Jones, John; Metz, George; Wright, Bob. "SEPTA Broad Street Subway". 
  3. ^ "Annual Capital Reports Out" (PDF). The Delaware Valley Rail Passenger. Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers. 24 (2): 4. March 2006. 
  4. ^ "Rail Observations" (PDF). The Delaware Valley Rail Passenger. Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers. 26 (10): 7. December 2007. 

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