Spring Garden station (Market–Frankford Line)

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Spring Garden
Spring Garden MFL; Southbound Train.jpg
A westbound train bound for 69th Street leaving the station
General information
Location600 North Front Street[1]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′38″N 75°08′25″W / 39.9606°N 75.1404°W / 39.9606; -75.1404Coordinates: 39°57′38″N 75°08′25″W / 39.9606°N 75.1404°W / 39.9606; -75.1404
Owned byCity of Philadelphia
Operated bySEPTA
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsCity Bus SEPTA City Bus: 25, 43
OpenedMay 16, 1977
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
2nd Street Market–Frankford Line Girard
Spring Garden is located in Philadelphia
Spring Garden
Spring Garden
Location within Philadelphia

Spring Garden station is a SEPTA rapid transit station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, on the Market–Frankford Line. It is located on Spring Garden Street between 2nd and Front Streets in the Northern Liberties neighborhood. It is the westernmost station of the Frankford Elevated section of the line and the last westbound station before trains enter Center City Philadelphia.

Though the station's official address is on North Front Street,[1] it is actually located in the median of the Delaware Expressway (Interstate 95) over Spring Garden Street, just north of the highway's interchange with the Vine Street Expressway (Interstate 676). The station is also served by two SEPTA City Bus routes, the 25 and 43.


Platform at Spring Garden

Spring Garden is one of the newest stations on the line. It opened in 1977 in conjunction with Interstate 95's routing through Philadelphia;[3] about 1 mile (1.6 km) of the Market–Frankford Line tracks were realigned to the center median the highway. Spring Garden replaced the nearby Fairmount Avenue station, which was original to the Frankford Elevated that began serving trains in 1922.[4][5] Fairmount Avenue was a "B" train skip-stop station, although that service pattern has since been discontinued.

Spring Garden is one of three stations on the Market–Frankford Line that is not ADA-accessible, the other two being 11th Street and 34th Street stations.[6] The addition of elevators in the station was announced in SEPTA's 2021–2032 Capital Program proposal; the station platform would be rehabilitated and made accessible to passengers with disabilities by 2026 at an estimated cost of $7.37 million.[2] The project also includes the renovation of the existing platforms as well as new signage, lighting, and security cameras.[7]

Station layout[edit]

The station has one island platform – unlike most Market–Frankford stations – with a single entrance/exit on the south side of Spring Garden Street. There is also an exit-only staircase that serves the north side of the street.

Platform level
Westbound      Market–Frankford Line toward 69th Street T.C. (2nd Street)
Island platform with fare control
Eastbound      Market–Frankford Line toward Frankford T.C. (Girard)
G Street Level Entrance/exits, buses


  1. ^ a b "Spring Garden Station". SEPTA. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Fiscal Year 2021 Capital Budget and Fiscal Years 2021–2032 Capital Program Proposal" (PDF). SEPTA. April 20, 2020. p. 63. Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Roads of Metro Philadelphia: Delaware Expressway (I-95)". Archived from the original on April 17, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2007.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Hepp, John (2013). "Subways and Elevated Lines". The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "Market-Frankford Line Map". SEPTA. 2020. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "Fiscal Year 2023 Capital Budget and Fiscal Years 2023–2034 Capital Program" (PDF). SEPTA. July 2022. p. 107. Retrieved March 19, 2023.

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