SEPTA City Transit Division surface routes

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SEPTA City Transit Division
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SEPTA NovaBus LFSA #8648 waits at 12th & Vine Streets in Center City Philadelphia.
SloganSerious About Change.
ParentSEPTA
Founded1968
Headquarters1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
LocalePhiladelphia
Service areaPhiladelphia and immediate vicinity
Service typeLocal bus service
Routes79
Fleet977
OperatorSEPTA
Chief executiveJeff Knueppel (General Manager)[1]
Websitesepta.org

The City Transit Division of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) operates almost all of Philadelphia's public transit, including all 6 trolley, 3 trackless trolley and 70 bus lines within city limits. Some of the bordering municipalities are served by the City Transit division, despite not being part of the city. For example, Cheltenham Township has 13 city division routes and zero of the Suburban Division routes. The City Transit division also operates the 400 Series routes which are designed to serve students attending schools in the city of Philadelphia.

The City Transit Division is broken down into the following districts: Allegheny, Callowhill, Comly, Elmwood, Frankford, Midvale, Southern, and Contract Operations.

History[edit]

Transit in Philadelphia started out with several dozen horse car, cable, and traction companies. In 1895, these companies began uniting under three main operations: Electric Traction Company, People's Traction Company, and Philadelphia Transportation Company. The following year, these three consolidated into the new Union Traction Company. In 1902, Union Traction Company went bankrupt; the company was reorganized as Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company (PRT) on July 1, 1902.

Despite efforts by Thomas E. Mitten, PRT went bankrupt in 1939. A new company, Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC), took over PRT's business in 1940. National City Lines (NCL) took over management of PTC on March 1, 1955 and began converting streetcar lines to bus routes. SEPTA, created in 1962, bought and took over PTC transit operations on September 30, 1968. After the purchase of the Red Arrow Lines on January 29, 1970, SEPTA designated the city services as its "City Transit Division".

Today, these bus or trackless trolley routes were once operated as streetcar lines: Routes 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 12, 17, 23, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 46, 47, 48, 52 (formerly streetcar Route 70), 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60, 61, 64, 66, 73, 75 and 79. Many of the numbered routes were once lettered or named bus routes these include Routes 1 (Boulevard Limited), 4 (Formerly Route C - Nedro Service), 8 (FOX - Frankford - Olney Express), 14 (Formerly Route B), 16 (Formerly Route C - Cheltenham Service), 18 (Formerly Route S), 19 (Formerly the Krewstown branch of Route W), 21 (Formerly Route D), 24 (Formerly Route N), 28 (Formerly the Rhawn Street branch of Route T). 35 (Formerly Route Z), 65 (Formerly Route E), 67 (Formerly Route W), 68 (Formerly Route M), 70 (Formerly Route Y), 77 (Formerly Route X),

The first bus route was Route A, established in 1923 between Center City Philadelphia and Frankford Terminal via Strawberry Mansion, Hunting Park Ave., and Roosevelt Blvd. Route R replaced Route A along Hunting Park Ave, and Roosevelt Blvd. Route A then served Roxborough, Andorra within Philadelphia and Barren Hill in Montgomery County. Route A was eliminated and replaced by bus Routes 9, 27, and 32 on February 4, 1984.

List of routes[edit]

Routes 1 to 45[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets traveled District[2] Service notes History
1[3] Parx Casino 54th Street and City Avenue City Avenue, Ridge Avenue, Hunting Park Avenue, Roosevelt Boulevard Comly & Frankford
  • Limited-stop
  • No Sunday service
  • Originally known as the "Boulevard Limited", service began November 18, 1957, operating from Pennypack Circle to Hunting Park and Wissahickon Avenues
  • Extended north to Tremont Street on June 22, 1959. Extended to 54th Street and City Avenue on September 3, 1963
  • Service redesignated as Route 1 on September 12, 1988, with service extended to Red Lion and Academy Roads in Northeast Philadelphia and to 69th Street Terminal
  • Service to 69th Street Terminal was eliminated September 9, 1996
  • Byberry Industrial Park service began September 13, 1999
  • Parx Casino service began February 12, 2007
Decatur Road and Drummond Drive
  • Limited-stop
  • Select weekday trips only
Wissahickon Transportation Center Byberry East Industrial Park
  • Limited-stop service
  • Select rush hour trips only
2[4] 20th and Johnston Streets Pulaski and Hunting Park Avenues
  • 16th Street (northbound)
  • 17th Street (southbound)
Midvale & Southern
  • First trolley line in Philadelphia to receive a route number on October 11, 1911 when Brill Nearside cars were placed in service
  • Buses replaced streetcars on November 4, 1956
  • Southbound service moved from 15th Street to 17th Street on December 19, 1957 replacing Route 21 bus (former streetcar route) north of Market Street and Route 32 streetcar south of Market Street
  • Northbound service continues on 16th Street today
Wayne Junction station Limited weekday service began February 27, 2017[5]
3[6] 33rd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue Frankford Transportation Center Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Kensington Avenue, and Frankford Avenue Frankford
  • Buses replaced streetcars on February 4, 1956[7][8]
4[9] Fern Rock Transportation Center Broad Street and Pattison Avenue (NRG station) Broad Street Midvale & Southern
  • Service began February 19, 2012
  • Service was formerly the Fern Rock division of the Route C[10][11]
  • Original Route 4 went from South Philadelphia to North Philadelphia via 6th and 7th Streets, Master Street, and 2nd and Front Streets until 1930, when it was replaced by Routes 57 and 65
5[12] Front Street and Market Streets Frankford Transportation Center
  • 3rd Street (northbound)
  • 2nd Street (southbound)
  • Frankford Avenue
Frankford
  • Route 5 streetcar ran from Frankford Avenue and Bridge Street to 3rd Street and Oregon Avenue
  • Buses replaced streetcars on December 24, 1955, as the second trolley route operated full-time by PCC's to be converted to bus operations in Philadelphia
  • Service south of Old City (2nd and Spruce Streets) merged into Route 57 on May 16, 1993
  • Northbound service via 3rd Street replaced by Route 57
  • Service cut back to Front & Market Streets on December 6, 1998
6[13] Cheltenham and Ogontz Avenues Loop Olney Transportation Center Ogontz Avenue Allegheny 24-hour service
  • Once a popular trolley line to Willow Grove Amusement Park (now the Willow Grove Park Mall)
  • By 1932, it extended south replacing all of Route 49
  • Buses replaced trolleys north of Cheltenham Avenue to Willow Grove on June 8, 1958. Bus service known as "6 Bus" (see: Route 22 History)
  • Remaining trolley service operated south of Cheltenham & Ogontz Avenues Loop (Cheltenham Square Mall)
  • Buses replaced the streetcars on the remaining portion of the Route 6 on January 11, 1986
  • Route "6 Bus" renamed Route 22 on the same date to eliminate confusion over the current Route 6
7[14] Pier 70 33rd and Dauphin Streets
  • Oregon Avenue
  • 22nd Street (northbound)
  • 23rd Street (southbound)
  • 29th Street
Southern
  • Route 7 streetcar ran from 33rd & Dauphin Streets (Strawberry Mansion) to 20th & Johnson Streets. (South Philadelphia).
  • Buses replaced streetcars on May 29, 1955.
  • Weekday service extended via Oregon Avenue to 2nd Street with peak hour service to Delaware Avenue and Columbus Boulevard on May 2, 1964, replacing Route 80 bus (former Route 80 trackless trolley).
  • Full service on weekdays and weekends extended to Oregon and Delaware Avenues on June 19, 1983
  • Service extended to Pier 70 Shopping Center on December 6, 1998
8[15] Olney Transportation Center Frankford Transportation Center Tabor Road, Roosevelt Boulevard, Pratt Street Frankford Limited stop service; weekdays only
  • Formerly known as the "Frankford-Olney Express" ("FOX")
  • Service began June 19, 1973, was redesignated Route 8 on September 4, 1984
  • Midday service has been eliminated and restored several times, most recently restored September 2, 2008.
  • For PTC Route 8 streetcar service, see Routes 39 and 57
9[16] Ridge Avenue and Cathedral Road (Andorra) 4th and Walnut Streetris Ridge Avenue, Schuylkill Expressway, Chestnut Street, and Walnut Street Allegheny No stops between Wissahickon Transportation Center and 30th Street Station
  • Service replaced Route A Express service via Ridge Avenue and to Andorra on February 5, 1984
  • Service cut back from Andorra to Summit Loop on September 1, 2002 due to community opposition
  • Service extended to Andorra Shopping Center on November 12, 2006
  • Route 9 streetcar from South Philly to Fairmount Park via 4th and 5th Streets, Arch Street, 22nd and 23rd Streets, Cecil B Moore, 31st and 32nd Streets was discontinued in 1956
10[17] 63rd Street and Malvern Avenue Loop 13th Street station Lansdowne Avenue, Lancaster Avenue Callowhill see SEPTA Route 10
11[18] Darby Transportation Center Woodland Avenue Elmwood Trolley via subway–surface tunnel see SEPTA Route 11
12[19] Columbus Boulevard and Dock Street 50th Street and Woodland Avenue
  • Walnut Street (westbound)
  • Locust Street (eastbound)
  • Grays Ferry Avenue
Southern
  • Route 12 trolley ran from 13th & South Streets to Darby via Grays Ferry and Woodland Avenues
  • Service was cut back from Darby to Island & Elmwood Avenues on November 6, 1955
  • Buses replaced streetcars on July 21, 1956, with bus service operating from 49th Street & Woodland Avenue to 5th & Market Streets via Market Street
  • Route 90 merged into Route 12, with service in Center City rerouted via Walnut and Locust Streets on September 7, 1997
13[20] Chester and Callahan Avenues (Yeadon Loop) 13th Street station Chester Avenue Elmwood see SEPTA Route 13
9th Street and Ridge Avenue
14[21] Neshaminy Mall Frankford Transportation Center Bustleton Avenue, Roosevelt Boulevard, and Lincoln Highway Comly 24-hour service
  • Formerly known as Route B, service began June 26, 1921 (oldest still-operating bus route in the City Transit Division)
  • Service at one time operated to Trenton
  • Extended from Langhorne to Oxford Valley Mall September 3, 1978
  • Redesignated Route 14 on June 16, 1985
  • Major restructuring occurred January 31, 1982, June 16, 1985, and September 11, 1988
  • New service to Byberry Industrial Park introduced February 14, 1990
  • Original Route 14 ran along 42nd Street, became part of Route 30 after 1971
Oxford Valley Mall Limited service except overnights
Byberry East Industrial Park Limited weekday service
15[22] 63rd Street and Girard Avenue Frankford and Delaware Avenue station Girard Avenue Callowhill Trolley (operates 24 hours) see SEPTA Route 15
Front Street and Girard Avenue Richmond and Westmoreland Streets Aramingo Avenue Bus service (operates 24 hours)
16[23] City Hall (15th and Market Streets) Cheltenham & Ogontz Avenues Loop Broad Street, Cheltenham Avenue Midvale & Southern
  • Service began February 19, 2012
  • Formerly the Cheltenham Division of the Route C
  • Original Route 16 went from Center City to Fairmount Park via 19th and 20th Streets and York and Dauphin Streets (eliminated in 1929, as it was redundant to Routes 8/39 and 33)
17[24] Penn's Landing 20th and Johnston Streets Southern 24-hour service (overnight service terminates at Front Street and Market Streets)
  • Buses replaced streetcars on December 28, 1957.
  • Extended to the former Philadelphia Naval Base on April 8, 1973
  • Route 71 replaced weekday midday service from Pattison Avenue to the Philadelphia Naval Business Center on February 22, 2004
Broad Street and Pattison Avenue Limited weekday service
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Weekend service
18[25] Oxford Avenue and Loney Street (Fox Chase Loop) Michener and Wadsworth Avenues
  • Oxford Avenue, Rising Sun Avenue, Olney Avenue, Chew Avenue, Vernon Road
  • Stenton Avenue (express)
Midvale Limited service
  • Formerly known as Route S
  • Service introduced August 8, 1926
  • Peak hour service extended to Paper Mill Glen on October 5, 1959
  • On February 1, 1960 service was extended from Olney Terminal to Rising Sun Avenue. & Knorr Street Loop with peak hour service to Fox Chase. Express service established at the same time
  • Redesignated Route 18 on June 16, 1985, at the same time all weekday and weekend service was extended to Fox Chase to replace Route 26 service. Service to Paper Mill Glen eliminated at the same time.
  • Service extended to Cedarbrook Plaza on June 18, 1995.
  • PTC Route 18 went from South Philadelphia to Center City via 22nd and 23rd Streets, Catharine and Bainbridge Streets, 19th and 20th Streets, and Chestnut and Walnut Streets, and was eliminated on April 1, 1953 due to redundancy, as it was redundant to Route 7

AM
Cheltenham Avenue and Easton Road
  • AM rush hour express operates to Fox Chase
  • Limited service from Fox Chase
Cedarbrook Plaza 24-hour service
Olney Transportation Center

PM
PM rush hour express to Cedarbrook
19[26] Torresdale station Frankford Transportation Center Grant Avenue, Krewstown Road, Algon Avenue, Whitaker Avenue, Oxford Avenue, Cheltenham Avenue Comly & Frankford
  • No Sunday service
  • Select trips only operate from Frankford to Krewstown Road and Gregg Street
  • Formerly known as the Krewstown branch of the Route W
  • Route 19 service introduced June 17, 1985
  • Service extended to the Torresdale station on September 14, 1987
  • Original Route 19 went from South Philadelphia to North Philadelphia via 6th and 7th Streets and Germantown Avenue; was replaced by Route 53 in 1929
20[27] Philadelphia Mills Frankford Transportation Center Roosevelt Boulevard, Academy Road Comly 24-hour service
  • Service began November 12, 1962
  • Extended to Neshaminy Mall on September 11, 1988, transferred to Route 130 on November 19, 2000
  • For PTC Route 20 Streetcar, see Route 23 history
Parx Casino Select overnight trips only Service began February 11, 2007
21[28] Penn's Landing 69th Street Transportation Center Callowhill
  • Formerly known as Route D
  • Service originally operated from 69th Street Terminal or to 4th Street via Chestnut and Walnut Streets in West Philadelphia, Locust and Samson Streets in Center City
  • Service in Center City moved to Chestnut and Walnut Streets on September 9, 1956 after removal of streetcar service
  • Extended to 2nd Street on January 18, 1976
  • Extended to Front & Walnut Streets on September 2, 1979
  • Extended to 2nd & Market Streets via Penn's Landing on September 8, 1985
  • Service on the Wycombe (Upper Darby) branch transferred to the Route 42 on June 16, 1996
  • Service to 61st & Pine Streets eliminated on August 31, 2008
  • For PTC Route 21 streetcar, see Route 2
22[29] Willow Grove Park Mall Olney Transportation Center Midvale
  • Service began on June 8, 1958 as the Route "6 Bus" replacing Route 6 trolley service to the Willow Grove Amusement Park
  • Alternate service via Easton Road added on September 3, 1961, replacing County Transit Company bus service
  • Route "6 Bus" extended to Johnsville via Warminster on June 19, 1966 by merging Route 74 bus (former trolley line) into Route "6 Bus"
  • Service rerouted into the new Willow Grove Park Mall on August 1, 1982
  • Redesignated Route 22 on January 12, 1986 with the conversion of the Route "6 Streetcar" to bus operations
  • On September 7, 1997 service was streamlined to operate on the Easton Road and Old York Road routings between Glenside and Warminster
  • Service along Keswick Avenue and Edgehill Road (original trolley route) was eliminated
  • Original Route 22 went from Willow Grove to Doylestown via Doylestown Pike, now Route 55
Jacksonville Road and Potter Street Limited service
23[30] 11th and Market Streets Chestnut Hill Loop
  • 11th Street (northbound)
  • 12th Street (southbound)
  • Germantown Avenue
Midvale 24-hour service see SEPTA Route 23
Germantown Avenue and Ontario Street Limited late-night service
24[31] Huntingdon Park and Berkeley Avenues (Rockledge) Frankford Transportation Center Pratt Street, Oxford Avenue, and Huntingdon Pike Comly
  • Formerly Route N, service redesignated Route 24 on September 12, 1988 with an extension to Bethayres
  • Route 24 Express service existed during SEPTA's Railworks Project, which reconstructed the Main Line from Wayne Junction to Market East in 1992-1993
  • Weekday service extended to Southampton, replacing Routes 301 and 302, on April 1, 2001
  • The original Route 24 went via 15th and 16th Streets and York Road until 1929, was redundant to Routes 2, 55, and 66
Gloria Dei Manor (Bethayres) Limited service
2nd Street and Knowles Avenue (Southampton) Limited service except Sundays
25[32] Columbus Commons Shopping Center Columbus Boulevard, Aramingo Avenue Frankford Limited weekday service, full weekend service
  • Originally a short trolley line from Girard station to Cedar Street & Lehigh Avenue
  • Buses replaced streetcars on April 9, 1949
  • Extended along Aramingo Avenue to Wheatsheaf Lane on June 14, 1987
  • Extended north to Richmond & Orthodox Streets on September 13, 1987
  • Extended south to Spring Garden station on February 28, 1988
  • Extended north to Frankford Terminal on September 7, 1997
  • Extended via Columbus Boulevard to Pier 70 Shopping Center on December 6, 1998, replacing part of Route Q
  • Extended south to the Columbus Crossing Shopping Center on September 5, 2004
  • Rerouted via Butler and Richmond Streets in Bridesburg on September 3, 2006
Front and Spring Garden Streets Limited weekend service, full weekday service
26[33] Chelten Avenue station Chelten Avenue, Olney Avenue, Tabor Road, Magee Avenue Midvale Limited service
  • Route 26 streetcar operated from Germantown to Fox Chase via Chelten, Ogontz, and Rising Sun Avenues
  • Buses replaced streetcars on January 28, 1956
  • New branch of Routes 26 and S called the 26&S began service on February 25, 1973, provided weekday service from Germantown to Frankford. Service restructured on June 16, 1985 with Route 26 service rerouted east of Rising Sun & Olney Loop to serve Frankford Terminal, thus replacing Route 26&S.
  • Service along Rising Sun and Oxford Avenues to Fox Chase was replaced by Route 18
  • An earlier Route 26 via the Kensington-6th and 7th Streets Line was eliminated in 1922
Rising Sun and Olney Avenues Limited service
Olney Transportation Center
27[34] Broad and Carpenter Streets Plymouth Meeting Mall Vine Street Expressway, Schuylkill Expressway, Henry Avenue, Ridge Pike Allegheny No stops between 16th & Race Streets and Wissahickon Transportation Center
  • Replaced Route A Express service via Henry Avenue and to Barren Hill on February 5, 1984
  • Extended to Plymouth Meeting Mall on September 10, 1989
  • Rerouted to serve the Metroplex Shopping Center on September 3, 2000
  • An earlier Route 27 via the Kensington-12th and 13th Streets Line was eliminated in 1922.
Church Lane and Germantown Pike (Barren Hill) Limited weekday service
28[35] Torresdale and Cottman Avenues Loop Fern Rock Transportation Center Cadwalader Avenue, Rhawn Street Comly
  • Service began January 31, 1982, replacing the Rhawn Street branch of the Route T from Cottman & Torresdale Avenues Loop to Fox Chase
  • Extended from Fox Chase to Fern Rock Transportation Center on September 11, 1988, replacing Route XA. At the same time, the original loop route via the Philadelphia Correctional Facilities was eliminated
  • An earlier Route 28 via North 2nd and 3rd Streets Line was eliminated in 1922.
29[36] Pier 70 33rd and Dickinson Streets
  • Tasker Street (westbound)
  • Morris Street (eastbound)
Southern see SEPTA Route 29
30[37] 30th Street Station 69th Street Transportation Center
  • University Avenue
  • 41st Street (northbound)
  • 40th Street (southbound)
  • Haverford Avenue, Vine Street
Callowhill Weekday service only
  • Former streetcar, service rerouted into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on June 8, 1913, replacing surface operation via Market Street to the Delaware Avenue Ferry Terminal
  • Subway-Surface Tunnel routing eliminated November 21, 1915 with streetcars terminating at 40th & Market Streets
  • Buses replaced streetcars on August 20, 1950
  • Weekday service extended to 30th Street Station by consolidating Routes 14 (former streetcar) and D-1 (University City to 30th Street Station)
  • Extended to Lansdowne & Haverford Avesnues on January 13, 1991
  • Extended to 69th Street Terminal on September 8, 1996.
31[38] City Hall 76th Street and City Avenue Market Street, 63rd Street, Lansdowne Avenue Callowhill
  • First streetcar line to operate into the Subway-Surface Tunnel, on December 18, 1905
  • Subway-Surface Tunnel service withdrawn on June 17, 1907, with streetcars operating via Market Street to Front Street
  • Service restored into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on December 28, 1930, then terminating at Market and 63rd Streets
  • Route 69 streetcar merged into Route 31 with service extended to Lansdowne and Haverford Avenues on September 11, 1938
  • Subway-Surface operation eliminated on May 15, 1949 due to redundancy with the Market–Frankford Line, with service now terminating at 40th and Market Streets
  • Buses replaced streetcars on June 16, 1956 with bus service extended back to City Hall via Market Street
  • After 1957, service rerouted from 65th and Vine to 63rd and Haverford, replacing part of Route 41
  • Service rerouted onto Chestnut and Walnut Streets between 46th and 63rd Streets due to the Market Street El Reconstruction Project in 2003
32[39] Broad and Carpenter Streets Ridge and Lyceum Avenues 33rd Street, Henry Avenue Midvale
  • Service replaced Route A Local service to Roxborough and Andorra via Ridge Avenue on February 5, 1984
  • Service between Roxborough and Andorra eliminated on September 8, 1996 due to budget constraints
  • Original Route 32 streetcar went from South Philadelphia to Center City via 17th and 18th Streets and Market Street until 1957, when it was replaced by the rerouted Route 2
33[40] Penn's Landing 23rd and Venango Streets Allegheny 24-hour service
  • Original streetcar routing through Center City was on Arch Street
  • Buses replaced streetcars on December 24, 1955
  • Crosstown Center City service moved from Arch Street to Market Street on December 29, 1957
  • Extended to Penn's Landing on February 23, 1992
34[41] 13th Street station 61st Street and Baltimore Avenue Baltimore Avenue Elmwood see SEPTA Route 34
35[42] Ridge Avenue and Domino Lane (Roxborough) Wissahickon Transportation Center Ridge Avenue, Main Street, and Leverington Street Midvale Loop service
  • Formerly known as Route Z
  • Service introduced on December 13, 1931 replacing Chestnut Hill-Norristown Railway Company trolley service on Main Street from Ridge Avenue to Levering Street in Roxborough
  • Extended east to Erie station on February 1, 1942
  • Service eliminated between Wissahickon Loop and Erie station on June 18, 1961
  • Restructured as the "Roxborough-Manayunk Loop" with service operating in a clockwise loop between Ridge Avenue & Fountain Street and Main Street & Green Lane on April 14, 1963
  • Redesignated as Route 35 on October 8, 1967
  • Extended back to Wissahickon Loop (Transfer Center) on June 7, 1998
  • Extended from Roxborough to Andorra on September 1, 2002 to allow small buses to replace large buses operating in the Andorra section of the city (See: Route 9)
  • Service restructured back into "Manayunk Roxborough Loop" on November 12, 2006
  • Service restored to Wissahickon Loop on June 19, 2011
  • Original Route 35 streetcar went from West Philadelphia to Fairmount Park via 49th Street, 52nd Street, and Parkside Avenue, was replaced by Routes 38A and 70 in 1929
36[43] 80th Street and Eastwick Avenue 13th Street station Elmwood Avenue Elmwood 24-hour service terminates at 73rd Street and Elmwood Avenue only see SEPTA Route 36
37[44] Broad and Snyder Streets Chester Transportation Center Passyunk Avenue, Lindbergh Boulevard, Industrial Highway Southern 24-hour service (overnight service terminates at Harrah's)
  • Trolley service originally connected Chester with 3rd and Jackson Streets in South Philadelphia, nicknamed the "Chester Short Line"
  • Service routed via the Subway-Surface Tunnel on February 15, 1911
  • Ran from Chester via Essington Avenue (now Industrial Highway / PA 291) through a swamp area before running on the former Eastwick Avenue. Turned up Island Road (now Island Avenue), then east on Woodland Avenue where it joined Routes 11 (Subway-Surface trolley) and 12 (streetcar)
  • Overnight (OWL) service operated via Elmwood Avenue, replacing the Route 36 streetcar between Island Road and 49th Street
  • During World War II, Route 37 brought thousands of workers to industry jobs at Westinghouse, Baldwin Locomotive Works, and Sun Shipbuilding. Six special routes that ran only at shift-change times were created to transport workers from Sun Ship (37A-37D) and Westinghouse (37E and 37F) to locations that regular Route 37 streetcars did not serve.
  • At 1:18 a.m. on August 28, 1946, a crowded trolley (5106) and a truck collided on the Crum Creek Bridge. Both vehicles caught fire; all passengers escaped without injury, but the bridge was destroyed, ending trolley service to Chester. Buses started replacing trolleys between the Westinghouse Loop (Lester) and Chester.
  • Remainder of the route was converted to bus operation on November 5, 1955, with buses being redirected to the Snyder station in South Philadelphia, replacing the Route 81 bus on Passyunk Avenue. Trolley service between Center City and Westinghouse Loop was transferred to Route 36.
  • In the mid-1970s, service in the Airport area was rerouted via Lindbergh Boulevard, 84th Street, and Bartram Avenue due to the building of I-95 and Airport expansion
  • New service was introduced to the Eastwick Industrial Park on June 21, 1981, with service being rerouted to serve the nearby Auto Mall on September 9, 1990
  • PNC Eastwick service was introduced September 13, 1988, with service to Harrah's Philadelphia introduced September 3, 2006
38[45] 5th and Market Streets Wissahickon Transportation Center Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Belmont Avenue Callowhill
  • Original streetcar line ran from Parkside Loop on Parkside Avenue (where it connected with the Fairmount Park trolley) to Delaware Avenue (now Columbus Boulevard) and Market Street
  • Streetcars were rerouted into the Subway-Surface Tunnel on August 7, 1908.
  • Bus service began on October 15, 1955 following its former trolley route to 33rd and Market Streets
  • Extended back east to City Hall via Market Street on May 27, 1956
  • Extended west to Presidential Apartments (City Avenue & Presidential Boulevard) via Belmont Avenue on September 1, 1960, replacing Route XB
  • Express service was established on weekdays and Saturdays via the Schuylkill Expressway and Girard Avenue between Center City and Parkside. At the same time service was extended to Broad and Spruce Streets in Center City.
  • Local service via Powhattan Village was transferred to Route 30 with all buses operating via the express route on June 16, 1963
  • Extended to Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center on January 28, 1973
  • Express service eliminated in favor of new local service via the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, replacing the "Cultural Loop" bus on June 19, 1983
  • On June 15, 1986 due to bridge weight restrictions on 34th Street at the Philadelphia Zoo, service was divided into two routes. "via Zoo" service operated via Pennsylvania Avenue, 32nd Street and Girard Avenue, while "Via Mantua" service passed through the residential Mantua neighborhood.
  • Westbound service through Center City was moved from Chestnut to Market Street on June 11, 1989, to allow the conversion of Chestnut Street from a transitway back to a regular city street
  • Extended to the Wissahickon Transfer Center on September 9, 1990
  • "Via Zoo" routing was transferred to Route 76 on May 16, 1993. At the same time, Bala Cynwd Shopping Center service was also eliminated.
  • New service to the relocated "Please Touch Museum" in Fairmount Park added on November 2, 2008
39[46] Richmond and Cumberland Streets 33rd and Dauphin Streets
  • Huntingdon Street, Susquehanna Avenue, York Street (westbound)
  • Cumberland Street, Dauphin Street (eastbound)
Midvale
  • Formerly a combined streetcar route referred to as the Route 8/39. Both streetcar lines began at 33rd & Dauphin Streets Loop (Strawberry Mansion) and followed the same routing (Eastbound via Dauphin Street, westbound via Susquehanna Avenue) to the York-Dauphin station, where they separated. Route 8 terminated at Richmond & Norris Streets, while Route 39 terminated at Richmond and Cumberland Streets.
  • Buses replaced streetcars on both lines on February 25, 1956
  • On June 16, 1974, Route 8 was reduced to a short shuttle bus line from York-Dauphin to Richmond and Norris Streets
  • On February 8, 1998, eastbound service was rerouted via 5th Street, Lehigh Avenue, and American Street due to the permanent street closure of Dauphin Street between 5th and American Streets. With this exception, the bus route follows the old streetcar routing
40[47] 2nd and Lombard Streets Conshohocken Avenue and Monument Road Callowhill Most inbound PM trips operate via Pine Street east of Broad Street
  • Streetcar service operated from Parkside Loop (see Route 38) to 2nd and Lombard Streets
  • Buses replaced streetcars on September 8, 1956
  • Weekend evening service rerouted via Pine Street east of Broad Street beginning February 28, 1988
  • Extended to Conshohocken Avenue and Monument Road on April 4, 1993, replacing a portion of Route 85
42[48] Penn's Landing 61st and Pine Walnut Street, Chestnut Street, Spruce Street Callowhill
  • 24-hour service
  • Trips alternate between Wycombe and 61st Street terminals
  • Streetcar line ran from 61st and Pine Streets near Cobbs Creek to Front and Chestnut Streets via Spruce, Chestnut, and Walnut Streets
  • Buses replaced streetcars on September 8, 1956
  • Extended to 2nd and Dock Streets in 1965
  • Rerouted to serve 38th Street, University Avenue and Civic Center Boulevard in 1972
  • Westbound service rerouted via the Chestnut Street Transitway between 7th and 17th Streets on June 20, 1976, and was rerouted back to Walnut Street on June 20, 1993 with the conversion of the transitway back into a regular street
  • Extended west to Wycombe (Upper Darby) via Marshall Road (replacing Route 21) and extended east to Penn's Landing on June 16, 1996
Sherbrook Boulevard and Springton Road (Wycombe)
43[49] Richmond and Cumberland Streets 50th Street and Parkside Avenue Spring Garden Street Callowhill
  • Streetcar service ran from Parkside Loop (see Route 38) to Front and Fairmount Streets in Northern Liberties
  • Buses replaced streetcars on July 4, 1956
  • Extended to Penn Treaty Park on June 8, 1997, and to Port Richmond Village Shopping Center on June 20, 1999
44[50] 5th and Market Streets Ardmore station Callowhill Limited service serves Narberth station
  • Service started by the PTC on September 6, 1960 as a weekday service between City Hall and 54th Street & City Avenue via the Schuylkill Expressway
  • Red Arrow Lines began a joint operation with the PTC on February 12, 1962, extending service west to Ardmore via Narberth and east to Independence Mall (5th and Market Streets
  • Saturday service began August 31, 1963
  • Route 44G, a branch serving Gladwyne, began service in 1964
  • SEPTA took over PTC operations on September 28, 1968, Red Arrow operations on January 29, 1970, operating service jointly between its City and Suburban transit divisions
  • Alternate service bypassing Narberth via Montgomery Avenue began January 29, 1973
  • Sunday service began September 4, 1983
  • Route 44G was redesignated Route 49 on November 21, 1988
  • City Transit Division took complete control on November 26, 1989, redesignated it Route 121.
  • Eastbound service rerouted via 30th Street Station on September 7, 1997
  • Gladwyne service added on February 8, 2009 replacing Route 121 service.
  • Original Route 44 went from Haddington to Center City via Lansdowne Avenue, Lancaster Avenue, Spring Garden Street, and Arch Street until 1929, when it was replaced by a rerouted Route 10
Gladwyne Limited weekday service
45[51] Broad and Oregon Streets 12th and Noble Streets
  • 11th Street (northbound)
  • 12th Street (southbound)
Southern
  • Split off from Route 23 in November 2015, [52], which was formerly a trolley route running on 11th and 12th Streets
  • Original Route 45 went along Island Road from Hog Island to Eastwick. This was eliminated in 1925, but restored in 1944, and then eliminated again by 1957.
  • Another Route 45 was created on July 30, 1962 as a combined Red Arrow/PTC joint operation. Under SEPTA, it was a combined Suburban/City Transit operation until November 26, 1989, when it was redesignated as Routes 124 and 125.

Routes 46 to 89[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets traveled District[2] Notes History
46
[53]
58th Street and Baltimore Avenue 63rd Street and Malvern Avenue Loop 60th Street Callowhill
  • Streetcar service ran from 60th Street and Lansdowne Avenue to 58th Street and Woodland Avenue via 60th and 58th Streets, one of the last streetcar lines in Philadelphia to use double-ended streetcars
  • Buses replaced streetcars on August 11, 1957. At the same service was extended south to 58th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard and north to 63rd Street & Malvern Avenue Loop
  • Service was cut back from 58th Street and Lindbergh Boulevarrd to Baltimore Avenue on September 6, 1964
  • Service to 63rd & Malvern Loop was rerouted via 60th Street and Columbia Avenue in the mid-1960s
  • In 1977, service was extended from Angora to Darby via Yeadon replacing Route 78 bus service (formerly a dinky streetcar line from Darby to Lansdowne)
  • On September 10, 1989, service between Angora and Darby reduced to a shuttle bus operation. This was eliminated on September 8, 1996
47
[54]
Whitman Plaza 5th Street and Godfrey Avenue
  • 7th Street (northbound)
  • 8th Street (southbound)
  • 5th Street
Midvale & Southern 24-hour service
  • Original streetcar service through Center City and South Philadelphia operated on 8th and 9th Streets, starting on Wolf Street[55]
  • Buses replaced streetcars south of Spring Garden Street on July 9, 1967 under PTC ownership due to construction of the PATCO Speedline underneath 8th Street[56]
  • Buses replaced streetcars on the rest of the line on June 15, 1969[57] under SEPTA
  • Extended south to Whitman Plaza in on January 22, 1989
  • Selected trips rerouted off 9th Street to bypass the Italian Market on June 11, 1989 due to traffic congestion. On May 16, 1993, all northbound service was moved to 7th Street.
  • On May 16, 1993, northbound 9th Street service was reassigned to Route 47m, operating northbound only and not on Mondays (as the Italian Market is closed). Monday service was later added on June 18, 1995.
  • Service Improvement Pilot ran from April 18, 2011 to October 30, 2011 in South Philadelphia by having buses stop every other block
47m
[58]
8th and Spring Garden Streets 9th Street, 8th Street Southern
48
[59]
Front and Market Streets 27th Street and Allegheny Avenue
  • Arch Street (westbound)
  • Market Street (eastbound)
  • 29th Street
Allegheny
  • Streetcar service formerly operated in both directions on Arch Street in Center City
  • Buses replaced streetcars January 28, 1956
  • Eastbound service in Center City moved from Arch to Market Streets in 1959
49
[60]
33rd and Dauphin Streets Loop 29th Street and Snyder Avenue
  • 29th Street
  • 21st Street (southbound)
  • 20th Street (northbound)
  • Market Street, University Avenue
Allegheny
  • Began operation on February 24, 2019.[61]
  • Original Route 49 became part of Route 6 by 1932; second one was renumbered from Route V and became part of Route 64 after 1971; the third one, former Route 44G, was created on November 21, 1988 and renumbered Route 121 on November 26, 1989 (see Routes 44 and 52)
50
[62]
Parx Casino Frankford Transportation Center Roosevelt Boulevard, Ashton Road, Academy Road, Knights Road Comly Limited-stop service along Roosevelt Boulevard
  • Service began February 11, 2007
  • See Route 57 for former Route 50 streetcar
52
Wynnefield (limited peak service to Gladwyne) 49th Street and Woodland Avenue[63] 52nd Street Callowhill 24-hour service Formerly known as Route 70. Buses replaced streetcars on May 28, 1955. Redesignated Route 52 on September 6, 1964 with service south of Baltimore Ave. removed from Baltimore Ave. and 49th Street to operate via 54th Street and Greenway Avenue at the same time peak service operated to 58th St. & Lindbergh Blvd. replacing Route 46 service, Peak hour service to 58th St. & Lindbergh Blvd. eliminated June 16, 1996 due to poor ridership. Short trips added between Woodland Ave. and Parkside Loop (49th St. & Parkside Ave) on February 11, 2001. Due to the expansion of St. Joseph University campus the northern end of the route was rerouted via Overbrook Train station on June 15, 2003 then via Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center on City Ave. on January 23, 2005 after opposition of additional bus service via Drexel Road in the Overbrook section of the city. Some peak hour trips extended to Gladwyne on February 8, 2009 replacing Route 121 service (Also see: Route 44). Service to Park West Town Center began June 19, 2011. (see Route K for Route 52 streetcar service)
G and Hunting Park or Broad and Hunting Park West Mt. Airy Wayne Avenue Midvale The original route went along 12th and 13th Streets and Wayne Avenue from South Philly to Capenter. By 1932, it was rerouted to replace Route 19. This was the first streetcar line in Philadelphia to receive PCC cars. On Sundays Routes 53 and 75 streetcar lines were operated as one route between Mt. Airy and Bridesburg. This consolidated service ended when the Route 75 was converted to trackless trolley operation. On May 16, 1985 at 9am SEPTA track insepctors discovered misaligned rails on Wayne Ave. forcing buses to replace streetcars forever. Due to the closure of Luzerne Depot (replaced by Midvale Depot)[64] service rerouted to terminate on street at 10th & Luzerne Sts. on June 8, 1997, Service extended to Broad St. & Hunting Park Ave. on February 22, 2004. Streetcar tracks still visible on Wayne Ave. on the bridge crossing over SEPTA's Chestnut Hill West Line and at the old Carpenter Loop.
54
33rd and Dauphin Richmond and Cambria Lehigh Avenue Allegheny Western end of streetcar service originally operated to trolley loop at Ridge & Lehigh Aves. Buses replaced streetcars on June 4, 1955. Western terminal moved from Ridge & Lehigh Aves. and extended to 33rd & Dauphin Sts. Loop to connect with Routes 7, 32, and 61. Bus routing almost identical to the streetcar routing except on western end as mentioned above.
55
Olney Transportation Center Willow Grove or Doylestown Old York Road, Easton Road (Pa. Route 611) Midvale The Route 55 trolley originally operated from Broad & Olney Terminal to Willow Grove. This was a second route to the Willow Grove Amusement Park (current location of Willow Grove Park Mall). Buses replace streetcars on September 8, 1940 with only rush hour streetcar service south of the Cheltenham Avenue & Old York Road-City Line. Then Full-time streetcar service south of the City Line restored on May 11, 1942. Streetcar service south of the city to Broad & Olney replaced by buses except during rush hours on December 3, 1945. All streetcar service replaced by buses on June 27, 1952. Service extended to Doylestown on June 19, 1966 replacing Route 22 bus service (former trolley line). Service extended to Cross Keys just north of Doylestown on February 2, 1975. Service rerouted to serve the new Willow Grove Park Mall on August 1, 1982. Service extended to the new Cross Keys Place shopping center on September 7, 1997.
23rd and Venango Streets or Bakers Centre [65] Torresdale and Cottman Avenues[66] Erie Avenue, Torresdale Avenue Midvale 24-hour service In 1929, Route 56 extended from Mayfair to Frankford, replacing Route 58. Buses replaced trolleys on September 13, 1992. Restoration of trolley service is questionable. Currently along Torresdale Ave. all track has been paved over, overhead wire and trolley wire support poles have been removed. Along Erie Avenue, he track area has been paved over west of Broad St. Between Broad St. and Frankford Ave. all trolley overhead wires infrastructure has been removed. As mentioned with the Route 23 the same issues are there concerning the Route 56. SEPTA has a plan to purchase new cars and restore tracks, wires, and right of way along Erie Avenue. There has been some talk outside of SEPTA about moving Route 56 service to Wayne Junction where it would provide a connection with SEPTA's Regional Rail services. Night Owl service restored on September 4, 2005.
57
Rising Sun and Olney Avenues or Fern Rock Transportation Center Whitman Plaza American Street, 3rd Street, 4th Street Midvale & Southern Weekend service operates on a combined Saturday/Sunday schedule. Streetcar service operated from 2nd St. & Erie Ave to 29th & Jefferson Sts. via Front, 2nd and 3rd Streets in a north/south direction with North Philadelphia crosstown service operating via Jefferson and Master Streets. The section along Front, 2nd and 3rd Streets replaced part of Route 4 in 1930. Buses replaced trolleys on June 18, 1955. The northern terminus was extended to 2nd St. & Godfrey Ave. on June 19, 1966. The northern terminus was cut back to Front & Spencer Sts. on January 22, 1967. A new branch of the route to Norris & Belgrade Sts. began on September 5, 1976 replacing Route 8 bus service (former streetcar line). Service was extended to the Fern Rock Transportation Center on January 31, 1982 replacing former Route XO bus service. Service restructured on May 16, 1993 by merging Route 50 now a bus route and the southern portion of Route 5 into one route. Service south of Lehigh Avenue moved to American Street. Northbound service south of Girard Ave. operates via 3rd Street replacing Route 5 service from South Philadelphia. Southbound service south of Girard Ave. operates via 4th Street replacing Route 50 (former streetcar) to South Philadelphia. Southbound Route 5 service on 2nd St. and Northbound Route 50 service on 5th St. through South Philadelphia eliminated. Crosstown Route 57 on Jefferson and Master Sts. (since eliminated) and the Route 57 branch service to Norris & Belgrade Sts. merged into a restructured Route 89. Since May 16, 1993 a few minor route changes have been made to this route.
58
Frankford Transportation Center Somerton or Neshaminy Mall Bustleton Avenue Comly Formerly known as Route 59b. Service introduced April 18, 1949 replacing Route 59 streetcar service between Bustleton & Castor Aves. (Bells Corner) and Bustleton Ave. & Lott St. Service operates via Bustelton Ave. south of Cottman Ave. The original Route 58 went from Frankford to Mayfair via Margaret/Orthodox and Torresdale Avenue; this became part of Route 56 in 1929.
Arrott Transportation Center[67] Castor and Bustleton Avenues/Bells Corner[68] Castor Avenue Frankford Buses temporarily replaced trackless trolleys in 2003; trackless service restored in 2008 Trackless trolleys replaced buses in 1950.
35th Street and Allegheny Avenue Richmond and Westmoreland Allegheny Avenue Allegheny 24-hour service Buses replaced streetcars in 1978.
61
Roxborough or Manayunk 9th and Market Umbria Street, Main Street, Ridge Avenue Midvale Buses replaced trolley buses in 1961.
62
Andorra 8th and Market Umbria Street, Main Street, Schuylkill Expressway Midvale Formerly labeled "61 Express". (For the Route 62 Darby-Yeadon Shuttle, see Route 13.)
64
50th and Parkside Pier 70 46th Street, Washington Avenue Southern Portions of old bus Route 63 (which went on Catharine and Bainbridge) merged with today's Route 64 (which was rerouted from Federal and Wharton to Washington) in September 2003. After 1971, it extended west along 49th and 48th, replacing Route 49.
65
69th Street Transportation Center Germantown Avenue and Chelten Avenue City Avenue, Walnut Lane Callowhill Formerly labeled Route E.[69] The original Route 65 went along 4th and 5th Streets and Old York Road from Downtown to Logan. Between 1923 and 1932, Route 65 was moved to 6th and 7th streets, replacing part of Route 4. On April 4, 1953, it was eliminated (because it was mostly redundant to Route 23)
Frankford Transportation Center Frankford Avenue and Knights Road Frankford Avenue Frankford 24-hour service see SEPTA Route 66
67
Frankford Transportation Center Bustleton or Philadelphia Mills Mall Verree Road, Red Lion Road Comly & Frankford Formerly labeled Route W. A spur used to run on Jeanes Street until residents protested and had it removed in 1982. When it was rerouted SEPTA changed the letter W to the numbered route 67. The original Route 67 went on the Zoo-33rd and 36th Streets Line until 1918.
68
South Philadelphia & Southwest Philadelphia Eastwick, UPS Air Hub or 69th Street Transportation Center, Tinicum Moyamensing Avenue, Bartram Avenue Southern 24-hour service (weekdays only) Formerly labeled Route M. The original Route 68 went on the Point Breeze-11th and 12th Streets Line until 1914. A second Route 68 went from 3rd & Highland, Chester to Brookhaven on June 30, 1960. Routes 68 and 69 merged into new SEPTA Route 70 on June 18, 1973. A later Route 68 went from Darby via Gladwyne to Ardmore (discontinued February 1982).
70
Fern Rock Transportation Center Torresdale and Cottman or Gregg Street loop Cottman Avenue, State Road Comly Formerly labeled Route Y. (see Route 52 for Route 70 streetcar service) Routes 68 and 69 merged into another SEPTA Route 70 on June 18, 1973. This Septa Route 70 was redesignated Route 117 on June 30, 1986.
73
Frankford Transportation Center Richmond and Westmoreland Bridge Street, Richmond Street Frankford 24-hour service Buses replaced streetcars in 1948.
Arrott Transportation Center Wayne Junction Regional Rail Station Wyoming Avenue Frankford Buses temporarily replaced trackless trolleys in 2003; trackless service restored in 2008 A section was renumbered Route 26 by 1932. Trackless trolleys replaced streetcars in 1948. Cut back from Richmond & Orthodox in Bridesburg in mid-1960s due to I-95 construction; replaced by J bus
77
Chestnut Hill[70] St Vincent Street and Roosevelt Boulevard Willow Grove Avenue, Glenside Avenue, Township Line Road, Cottman Avenue Midvale Formerly labeled as Route X. The original Route 77 went from Chester to Media and became part of Route 116, but was later replaced by Route 114.
78
30th Street Station Cornwells Heights station Market Street, Interstate 676, Interstate 95 Comly
  • Cornwells Heights Express, no intermediate travel in Center City.
  • Special fare required: $6 or Zone-3 TrailPass.
  • Weekday late night service only, 1 northbound and 2 southbound trips.
Route created Fall 2010. (See Route 46 for the old route of Route 78)
29th Street and Snyder Avenue[71] Columbus Boulevard and Snyder Avenue Snyder Avenue Southern 24-hour service see SEPTA Route 79
80
Olney Transportation Center Horsham Broad Street, Cheltenham Avenue, Fitzwatertown Road Midvale Limited-stop service. Peak hours only (Weekdays only) Former Trolleybus route New service initiated in 2001. The original Route 80 went on Oregon Avenue in South Philly (but was replaced by extensions of Route 7 and Route G); the second one was designated on January 29, 1970. That was redesignated Route 118 on June 30, 1986. (which was later discontinued).
84
Frankford Transportation Center Somerton State Road, Southampton Road Comly Portions were parts of Routes T & 88.
88
Frankford Transportation Center[72] Pennypack Park or Bethayres[73] Welsh Road Comly & Frankford Portions formerly labeled Route T (later Route 41).
89
Arrott Transportation Center Front and Dauphin Streets Aramingo Avenue, Castor Avenue, G Street. Midvale Portions formerly labeled Route P, portions were part of former Route 8. The original route went via Tioga and Venango.

Routes 310 and 311[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets traveled District[2] Notes History
310
Willow Grove station or Willow Grove Park Mall[74] Horsham Welsh Road, Dresher Road, Moreland Road[75] Contract operations (Germantown Depot) Limited weekday service to Willow Grove station, no Sunday service "Horsham Breeze Red";[76][77] Service along Blair Mill Road transferred to Route 311 bus on February 27, 2017.[78][79][80]
311
Willow Grove Station or Willow Grove Park Mall Horsham Welsh Road, Blair Mill Road Contract operations (Germantown Depot) Limited weekday service to Willow Grove station, no Sunday service "Horsham Breeze Blue"; Service split from Route 310 bus on February 27, 2017.

Lettered routes[edit]

Route Terminals Major streets traveled District[2] Notes History
G
Overbrook Station or Lankenau Hospital Columbus Commons 56th Street, 57th Street, 58th Street, Passyunk Avenue, and Oregon Avenue Southern 24-hour service, only serves 63rd & Malvern during AM rush hours Portions of former Route 80 trackless trolley and Route 46 streetcar
H
Broad Street and Erie Avenue Cheltenham & Ogontz Bus Loop[81] Cheltenham Avenue, Greene Street, Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Easton Road Midvale
J
Wissahickon and Chelten Aves (Germantown) Bridesburg Lindley Avenue, Margaret Street, Orthodox Street (Frankford & Logan) Frankford 24-hour service along Orthodox and Lefevre/Margaret Streets (two "night owl" trips between Frankford T.C. and Westmoreland Loop) Portions of former Route 75 streetcar and trackless trolley east of Frankford Avenue
K
East Falls Arrott Terminal Adams Avenue, 66th Avenue, Chelten Avenue Frankford Portion from Germantown to Fern Rock is former Route 52 streetcar
L
Olney Transportation Center Erdenheim or Plymouth Meeting Mall Stenton Avenue, Germantown Pike Midvale 24-hour service
R
Frankford Transportation Center Wissahickon Transfer Center

or Henry and Midvale

Roosevelt Boulevard, Hunting Park Avenue Frankford 24-hour service Portions of former Route A bus
XH
Broad And Erie Cheltenham & Ogontz Bus Loop Cheltenham Avenue, Greene Street, Washington Lane Midvale

LUCY routes[edit]

The LUCY routes (Loop through University CitY) loop through a circular route in University City, Philadelphia. There are two lines—Green and Gold—both of which travel along the same routes, but in opposite directions. Because the line is a loop, there are technically no terminal stops, however the line's schedules list 30th Street Station as its end destination point; the buses, in fact, take their layovers on JFK Boulevard just west of 30th Street.

Route Terminals Major streets traveled District[2] Notes
Green Loop 30th Street Station Market Street, 40th Street, 33rd Street Contract operations (Germantown Depot) Clockwise loop
Gold Loop 34th Street, 38th Street, Market Street Counterclockwise loop

Boulevard Direct[edit]

Boulevard Direct bus at Neshaminy Mall

The Boulevard Direct, which is part of the SEPTA DIRECT BUS brand, operates along Roosevelt Boulevard between the Frankford Transportation Center and the Neshaminy Mall. Boulevard Direct offers limited-stop service along Roosevelt Boulevard, with service operating every 10-15 minutes during most times on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends. The service offers improved travel times compared to traditional bus service along Route 14, with more frequent service and several bus stops located on the far side of intersections to improve performance.[82] SEPTA offers a free interchange between the Boulevard Direct and the Route 14 bus for same direction travel. The Boulevard Direct service was launched on October 22, 2017.[83] The Boulevard Direct is operated by the Comly District.[2]

Routes 406 to 496[edit]

SEPTA operates bus routes numbered in the 400 Series which are designed to serve students attending schools in the city of Philadelphia. Per federal regulations, SEPTA is not allowed to offer charter bus service for the School District of Philadelphia, so all riders are allowed to utilize the 400 Series routes.[2][84]

Former routes[edit]

  • Route 41 was used twice: the original Route 41 went along 63rd Street and Market Street from Overbrook to Downtown; this became part of Route 31 and Route 10 after 1957. The second one replaced the part of Route T on Welsh Road on January 31, 1982; this later became part of Route 88.
  • Route 51 went from Downtown Fairmount Park via 8th and 9th Streets and Columbia Avenue; this was eliminated in 1929 and replaced by rerouted Route 3.
  • Route 63 went on Catharine & Christian Streets; it was eliminated in September 2003 in exchange for rerouting of Route 64.
  • Route 69 was used three times: the original Route 69 was replaced by Route 31 on September 10, 1938; the second Route 69 was created on June 30, 1960 from Chester to Buckman Village and Highland Village. Routes 68 and 69 merged into new SEPTA Route 70 on June 18, 1973; the third Route 69 (former Route F) was discontinued on December 7, 1990; it went from Wynnefield along Columbia, Creighton, Jefferson, Parkside, Ford, Conshohocken, Neill, Presidential (it went on Belmont and City going south, and Presidential going north), and Belmont to Manayunk.
  • Route 71 was used three times: The original Route 71 went from Darby to Media; it was converted to buses on August 13, 1938. By 1944, it was rerouted replacing Route 72. Later, part was replaced by Route 117 and the rest was eliminated. The second use of Route 71 was the Shopper's Special Route Darby-Aldan-Springfield-Lawrence Park-Ardmore Junction; it ran from 1971 to 1972. The third one went from Overbrook to Paoli and Exton. It was replaced by Route 105 on November 28, 1983. The fourth one was a new one initiated in 2004, from Navy Yard to Broad Street. It was discontinued in late 2012 and replaced with the private Navy Yard Shuttle on December 3rd.[85][86]
  • Route 72 was used twice: the first one went from Folsom to Prospect Park via Lincoln Avenue and was replaced by rerouted Route 71 by 1944; the second one went from Darby to Delmar Village; it merged with Route 83 to form Route 115 on June 30, 1986.
  • Route 74 was used twice: the first one went from Willow Grove to Hatboro and was replaced by part of Route 6 Bus on June 19, 1966; the second one was redesignated as Route 114 on June 30, 1986.
  • Route 76 was used twice: the first one went from Darby to Marcus Hook and was replaced by an extended Route 113 on November 28, 1983, and the second one was a replacement of Mid-City Loop Ben Franklin line service from 5th and Market to the zoo.
  • Route 81 was used twice: the first one operated in South Philly along Passyunk Avenue and Snyder Avenue until after 1955; the second one operated from Springfield to Decker Square via US 1.
  • Route 82 was used three times: the first one operated on the Chester-47th Street Line until 1918; the second one went from Chester to Springfield; regular service was discontinued but school service for Cardinal O'Hara ran until 1986 when Ridley Township School District took over the operation. The third was used briefly in the 1990s as "ColumBUS" with service to the Penns Landing area from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
  • Route 83 was used twice: the first one operated on the Island Road Line until 1918; the second one (former Victory Depot Route H) was created on June 16, 1975 from Darby to Brookline; it merged with Route 72 to form Route 115.
  • Route 85 was used twice: the first one went on the Race and Arch Streets Line until 1914; the second one was discontinued on April 4, 1993, with portions transferred to Route 40; the section on Ford Rd has no service now.
  • Route 86 was used twice: the first one went on the Glenside Short Line until 1913. The second one was rerouted from Grant Ave to Welsh Rd, and continued on Torresdale Ave to Linden Ave between 1958 and 1960; it later became part of Route T (later Route 41, now Route 88) and Route 88.
  • Route 87 went via Northeast Village, Academy Road and Linden Avenue; part became part of Route 20; the rest was discontinued because the Airport had expanded, closing part of the roads Route 87 went on between 1960 and 1964.
  • Route 90 went on Spruce & Pine Street (east of 8th)/Locust Street (west of 8th) and looped on 26th, South, and 22nd. This was discontinued.
  • Route 121 was renumbered from Route 49 on November 26, 1989. It became part of Routes 44 and 52 on February 8, 2009.
  • SEPTA ROUTE A was split into Routes 9, 27 & 32 on February 5, 1984. The section on Roosevelt & Hunting Park became part of Route R by 1971.
  • Route B was renamed Route 14 on June 16, 1985.
  • Route C was a line operated primarily upon Broad Street. Buses alternated between running between from Cheltentham Avenue and Ogontz Avenue in West Oak Lane and City Hall, with every other bus originating at Fern Rock Transportation Center, joining into Broad Street at Rising Sun Avenue and terminating at Geary Avenue in the South Philadelphia. Although the routing of Route C was highly redundant to the Broad Street Line subway, SEPTA justified the alignment because it provided more frequent stops than the subway, thus better serving passenger with stops between subway stops. In FY 2010, the route had 4,520,308 annual passengers, and 14,958 average weekday passengers, for a total of $4,211,345 in passenger revenue. The route, with 26 vehicles at peak hours, cost $13,421,916 to operate, yielding a 31% farebox recovery ratio.136,640 (average weekday FY 2010)[87] On February 19, 2012, Route C was split into routes 4 and 16.
  • Route D was renamed Route 21.
  • Route E was renamed Route 65.
  • Route F was used twice: the first one was discontinued by 1971 (went from Overbook to Angora via 64th, 63rd, and 62nd), the second one was renamed from Red Arrow Route "K" when SEPTA bought Victory Depot, but Route F was renamed Route 69, which was discontinued on December 7, 1990.
  • Route M was renamed Route 68.
  • Route N was renamed Route 24 on September 12, 1988, with service extended to Bethayres.
  • Route O became part of Route Y (and the rest was redundant with Route N) by 1971, and is now part of Route 70.
  • Route P became part of rerouted Route 89 after 1971.
  • Route Q was discontinued; it later became a southern extension of Route 25 and an eastern extension of Route 43.
  • Route S was renamed Route 18 on June 16, 1985.
  • Route T was split into Routes 28 and 41 on January 31, 1982. One section was transferred to Route 84.
  • Route U became part of Route 108 on April 4, 1993.
  • Route V was renamed Route 49 between 1964 and 1966, and is now part of Route 64.
  • Route W was split into Routes 19 and 67 on June 16, 1985.
  • Route X originally went from Erdenheim southeast and west to the city line. Route X later extended east, and the original section was transferred to Route L by 1971; Route X was renamed Route 77 in 1995.
  • Route Y was renamed Route 70.
  • Route Z was renamed Route 35 on October 8, 1967.
  • Route XA became an extension of Route 28 on September 11, 1988.
  • Route XB became an extension of Route 38 on September 1, 1960.
  • Route XO became an extension of Route 57 on January 31, 1982.

See also[edit]

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