SEPTA lightning round to end the week

There was too much SEPTA news this week to fit into a couple of blog postings.  So it’s Friday, so let’s leave you with these:

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Closed SEPTA things I’d like to see open

My post earlier this week about the abandoned trolley terminals in the anchorages of the Ben Franklin Bridge got me to thinking how much I’d love to check them out.  And that, of course, got me to thinking about two SEPTA things that are closed that I’d like to see open.

First, the tunnel from the El station into 30th Street Station.  I sure would be great to be able to scoot through the tunnel and into 30th Street Station again without going above ground.

Second, the abandoned newsstand at City Hall Station.  I know the big redevelopment of City Hall Station is on ice until Capitol improvement money can be found.  But it would be great to pick up a Daily News or a snack from this old newsstand while I’m waiting for the El.  As I recall, this newsstand is only being used for storage now.

Clean Subway Stairs, Finally!

Here is a comment that we received yesterday from a daily commuter:

“For the first time in at least 2 years, the stairs heading to the eastbound platform at the 60th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line were powerwashed.”

Well, thank you for the update – and we can assume that you are putting in a request for much more frequent cleaning of the subway stairs!

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What are SEPTA’s busiest bus, trolley, & rail lines?


Ever wondered what the busiest SEPTA routes were?

Now, courtesy of The Philadelphia Business Journal, you can wonder no more.

  1. The El
  2. Broad Street Line
  3. 23
  4. R5 (Paoli/Thorndale RR)
  5. 18
  6. 47
  7. 34 trolley
  8. 13
  9. 52
  10. 11 trolley
  11. Lansdale/Doylestown RR
  12. 36 trolley
  13. 10 trolley
  14. 4/16 (nee C)
  15. 33
  16. G
  17. 17
  18. 60
  19. West Trenton RR
  20. 14
  21. 26
  22. 42
  23. 56
  24. 15 trolley
  25. 57

I’m surprised the 21 isn’t on this list.  And where’s the 100 (aka Norristown High Speed Line)?

Any other surprises you see?

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The not so quiet charm of the Spring Garden El station

Back in 2009, I wrote about the gritty videos about life under the El called Shadow World.  If you didn’t see them back then–or even if you did–they’re worth watching again.

But perhaps you were wondering: that’s nice, but what kind of action can I find on the El?

From the Hidden City blog, comes the first installment of My Favorite Place, featuring the Spring Garden El station.

My Favorite Place – Spring Garden Station from Hidden City Philadelphia on Vimeo.

The tone’s a little different than Shadow World.

The coolest Facebook group ever

Someone recently told me about the Facebook group called “Old Images of Philadelphia.”  Every day, the author posts several beautiful photos of historic Philadelphia for the group’s 11,000 fans.  Many of them, such as the two above, are public transit oriented.

O.I.O.P captions the first:

When the Frankford Elevated Line was being built over Kensington & Lehigh Avenues. The red arrow shows two brave workers who posed for the camera balancing themselves on a steel beam between the newly constructed track beds and if you notice they are not wearing any type of safety equipment and there’s no safety net down below on Kensington Avenue to catch them if they fell, workers back in these days were either brave or crazy but they got the job done – June 10th 1919

…and the second:

West Philadelphia – Vehicles wait for the traffic light to change under the Market-Frankford Elevated Structure at 46th & Market Streets heading West on December 16th 1954 ( The gated area with Tree’s is now a parking lot for ALDI’s Supermarket and the West Park Public High Rise Housing Projects are not visible because they were not built until 8 years after this picture was taken )

Not a fan?  You really ought to be.

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