Using SEPTA: Philadelphia's Mass Transit System

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

For anyone who has never used SEPTA, it could seem like a difficult system to figure out. Between rail stations, subway stations, and bus stations, there are hundreds of stops on the SEPTA map which could make it seem impossible to figure out. I myself had trouble the first few times I used the system, but over time I learned to navigate all throughout Philadelphia and its suburbs. Im going to talk about the three main methods of transportation that SEPTA offers: Regional Rail, Subway, and Bus.

Regional Rail: SEPTA's regional rail line is its most extensive line. You can ride to anywhere in the surrounding Philadelphia area by this rail service. Some of the stops include the Philadelphia airoprt, the Main Line, Lansdale, and even all the way down to Delaware. This service is most often used by commuters who live in the city but work in the suburbs, or the suburbanites that work in the city.

Subway: SEPTA has 2 subway lines. The blue line and the orange line. The blue line runs east and west on Market street while the orange line runs north and south on Broad street. The subway is the ideal line for people livng near broad or market street to get around the city. Its also the primary way to get to the stadiums in south Philadelphia. A huge plus about the SEPTA subway lines is that unlike NYC, you get cell phone service while youre on the subway.

Bus: SEPTA busses have routes all throughout the city and surrounding areas. These busses are ideal for those who dont live near the subway or rail stops. They also go to many places that the subways nor rail lines travel to.

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