SEPTA Route 13

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SEPTA Route 13
SEPTA Subway–Surface Trolley Lines
SEPTA K-car 9074 on the 13.jpg
SEPTA Route 13 makes one of its few
runs to the Darby Transportation Center.
Overview
System Subway-Surface Trolley Lines
Termini Yeadon or Darby, Pennsylvania
Center City, Philadelphia
Stations 8 underground
Operation
Depot(s) Elmwood Carhouse
Technical
Line length 11.4 mi (18.3 km)[citation needed]
Track gauge 5 ft 2 14 in (1,581 mm)[1][2]
Electrification overhead lines
Route map

13th – Market
Market–Frankford Line
15th Street
Market–Frankford Line
19th Street
22nd Street
30th Street Station
Amtrak SEPTA.svg NJ Transit
30th Street
Market–Frankford Line
33rd Street
 10 
36th Street
37th Street
40th Street Portal
 34 
Chester & Woodland
 11   36 
41st & Chester
42nd & Chester
43rd & Chester
45th & Chester
46th & Chester
47th & Chester
48th & Chester
49th & Chester
51st & Chester
52nd & Chester
53rd & Chester
54th & Chester
55th & Chester
56th & Chester
57th & Chester
58th & Chester
59th & Chester
Chester & 60th
60th & Kingsessing
61st & Kingsessing
62nd & Kingsessing
Mount Moriah
65th & Kingsessing
Chester & 65th
Chester & 65th
Belmar & 65th
Windsor & 65th
Cobbs Creek & 65th
65th & Chester
Church & Chester
Yeadon & Chester
Duncan & Chester
Stetser & Chester
Yeadon Loop
Down arrow Limited service
Alfred & Chester
Cedar & Chester
Cedar & 9th
Mulberry & 10th
Summit & 9th
Wycombe & 10th
Summit & 10th
Summit & 9th
Ridge & 10th
Ridge & 9th
Main & 10th
Darby Transportation Center
 11 

Route 13, also known as the Chester Avenue Line, is a trolley line operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) that connects the 13th Street station in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the Yeadon Loop in Yeadon, Pennsylvania, although limited service is available to the Darby Transportation Center in Darby, Pennsylvania. It is one of five lines that are part of the Subway-Surface Trolley system.

Route description[edit]

Starting from its eastern end at the 13th Street, Route 13 runs in a tunnel under Market Street. It makes stops at underground stations at 15th Street, 19th Street, 22nd Street, 30th Street, and 33rd Street. From 15th to 30th Streets, it runs on the outer tracks in the same tunnel as SEPTA's Market–Frankford Line.

Passengers may transfer free of charge to the Market–Frankford Line at 13th, 15th, and 30th Streets and to the Broad Street Line at 15th Street. Connections to the SEPTA Regional Rail are also available. Underground passageways connect the 13th and 15th Street Stations to Jefferson Station and Suburban Station.

Route 13 surfaces at the 40th Street Portal near 40th Street and Baltimore Avenue (US 13), and then runs southwest along Woodland Avenue shortly before moving to Chester Avenue. An alternate trolley line existing along 42nd Street itself joins the Route 13 line for several blocks. This line is used when tunnels are closed for maintenance or other unforeseen shutdowns. The line runs on a bridge over the Media/Elwyn Line at 49th Street, however, it does not serve as an official stop for the trolley. The alternate trolley line for tunnel closings turns along 49th Street itself before Route 13 crosses the 49th Street Station railroad bridge, although some Route 11 trolleys use these tracks.

Mt. Moriah Cemetery cuts off Chester Avenue, so the line makes a left turn at 60th Street then returns to the southwest at Kingsessing Avenue. At the southwest corner of the cemetery, the Route 13 line stops at the Mt. Moriah Loop, and some use the loop for trolleys that do not go to either Yeadon or Darby. For those that do, the trolleys continue west on Kingsessing Avenue until it reaches 65th Street, where it turns north, and later northwest as it approaches a bridge over the Cobbs Creek Parkway, and immediately turns on another section of Chester Avenue, on its way to the Yeadon Loop. Fernwood-Yeadon (SEPTA station) is further north of this terminus and has no connection. However the SEPTA Suburban Bus Routes 108 and 116 which do lead to Fernwood-Yeadon cross the line east of Yeadon Loop at the Church Lane intersection.

West of Yeadon Loop, some trolleys continue along the Chester Avenue line until it reaches Cedar Avenue, where westbound and eastbound trolley lines split along 10th Street and 9th Street respectively. The tracks on 10th Street run straight, while those on 9th Street briefly run along Summit Street. As the westbound tracks turn left at the terminus of the 10th and Main Streets intersection, it runs south to the next block at Darby Transportation Center, which is primarily served by the SEPTA Route 11 line, as well as numerous buses.


Stations[edit]

All stations are in the City of Philadelphia and the boroughs of Yeadon and Darby.

Neighborhood/location Station or stop Connections Notes
Market East 13th Street BSicon SUBWAY.svg Market–Frankford Line
BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 34, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 27, 31, 32
Station closed between 12:30-5:00am
Penn Center 15th Street BSicon BAHN.svg Regional Rail (at Suburban Station)
BSicon SUBWAY.svg Market–Frankford Line
BSicon SUBWAY.svg Broad Street Line (at City Hall station)
BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 34, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 4, 16, 17, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 48
Bus transport SEPTA Suburban Bus: 124, 125
Eastern terminus between 12:30-5:00am
19th Street BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 34, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 17, 31, 38, 44, 48, 62, 78
Bus transport SEPTA Suburban Bus: 124
Center City West 22nd Street BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 34, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 7, 31, 44, 62
Bus transport SEPTA Suburban Bus: 124, 125
Replaces former 24th Street station served by 31, 37, 38
University City 30th Street BSicon BAHN.svg Amtrak, NJ Transit, Regional Rail (at 30th Street Station)
BSicon SUBWAY.svg Market–Frankford Line
BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 34, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 31, LUCY
Direct passageway to 30th Street Station is closed
33rd Street BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 11, 34, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 30, 31, LUCY
Serves Drexel University


36th Street BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 11, 34, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 21
Serves University of Pennsylvania
37th Street BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 11, 34, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 40, 42, LUCY
Serves University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Spruce Hill 40th Street Portal BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 11, 34, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 30, 40, 42, LUCY
Terminus of Route 34 concurrency
Chester & Woodland BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 11, 36
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 30
Terminus of 11 & 36 concurrency
41st & Chester (eastbound) Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 30
42nd & Chester Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 30
43rd & Chester
45th & Chester
46th & Chester
Squirrel Hill 47th & Chester
48th & Chester
49th & Chester BSicon BAHN.svg Media/Elwyn Line (at 49th Street Regional Rail station)
Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 64
Kingsessing 51st & Chester
52nd & Chester
53rd & Chester
54th & Chester Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 52
55th & Chester
56th & Chester
57th & Chester
58th & Chester Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: G
Mount Moriah 59th & Chester
Chester & 60th
60th & Kingsessing
61st & Kingsessing
62nd & Kingsessing
Mount Moriah
Elmwood 65th & Kingsessing
Chester & 65th
Belmar & 65th
Windsor & 65th
Cobbs Creek & 65th
Philadelphia–Yeadon line
Yeadon 65th & Chester
Church & Chester Bus transport SEPTA City Bus: 68
Bus transport SEPTA Suburban Bus: 108
Yeadon & Chester
Duncan & Chester
Stetser & Chester
Yeadon Loop
Alfred & Chester Limited service
Cedar & Chester Limited service
Yeadon–Darby line
Darby Cedar & 9th (eastbound)
Mulberry & 10th (westbound)
Limited service
Summit & 9th (eastbound)
Wycombe & 10th (westbound)
Limited service
Summit & 10th (westbound)
Summit & 9th (eastbound)
Limited service
Ridge & 10th (westbound)
Ridge & 9th (eastbound)
Limited service
Main & 10th (westbound) Limited service
Darby Transportation Center BSicon TRAM.svg SEPTA Trolleys: 11
Bus transport SEPTA Suburban Bus: 113, 114, 115
Limited service

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The history of trolley cars and routes in Philadelphia". SEPTA. 1974-06-01. p. 2. Retrieved 2014-06-11. An early city ordinance prescribed that all tracks were to have a gauge of 2' ​2 14"
  2. ^ Hilton, George W.; Due, John Fitzgerald (2000-01-01). "The Electric Interurban Railways in America". Stanford University Press. Retrieved 2014-06-10.

External links[edit]

Route map:

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