SEPTA parade day service: What you need to know
PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - SEPTA has announced its service plans for Thursday, February 8 to accommodate riders going to and from the Eagles Super Bowl parade. Below are the complete details.
Free Rides on Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines
The Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines are the best options for travel to and from the parade. Thanks to support from Independence Blue Cross, rides on both lines are free on Thursday. Regular fares apply for all other SEPTA services.
The Market-Frankford Line provides access to Center City from many suburban communities via 69th Street Transportation Center, with connections to the Norristown High Speed Line, the Routes 101 and 102 Trolley Lines, and multiple bus routes.
The Market-Frankford Line also connects to outlying points with bus and trackless trolley service at Frankford Transportation Center. To get to the Broad Street Line, customers can connect from multiple bus routes at Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center and other stations.
Trains on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines will run every 5-7 minutes starting at 5 a.m. on Thursday. SEPTA will utilize as many rail cars as possible to provide added capacity for riders. The following stations will be open, although additional closures are possible depending on crowds:
Regional Rail Service to Select Stations Only; Passes Required
Regional Rail service will operate to-and-from selected stations. Service to Center City will be available via Jefferson and 30th Street Stations, which are a short walk from the parade route. There will be no service at Suburban, University City or Temple University stations. Below are the outlying stations that will be open on each line:
For the return trip, customers must board at the same Center City station where they departed. For more information on fares and train travel times, please visit SEPTA's Eagles Parade page.
For parade-day travel on Regional Rail, customers must have one of the following fare products: A Weekly or Monthly TrailPass, an Independence Pass, or a pre-purchased senior/reduced fare ticket. On Tuesday, SEPTA will sold a special discounted Independence Pass for $10. The passes sold out shortly after noon.
Bus, Trolley, Norristown High Speed Line and CCT Paratransit
A number of bus routes that operate on and around the parade route in South Philadelphia and Center City will be detoured. City Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 will not stop at 15th Street, and additional adjustments are possible. See here for route-specific details.
The Routes 101 and 102 Trolleys and the Norristown High Speed Line will stop at all stations, with service every 15 minutes.
CCT Paratransit will operate regular weekday service, although travel could be significantly impacted by rolling road closures and heavy pedestrian traffic. If possible, SEPTA encourages customers who are planning trips for medical care facilities near the parade route to schedule their appointments the day before the parade.
Parking Limited: Plan for Drop-offs
SEPTA is urging customers who are planning to use rail services to arrange to be dropped off at or near their station. Parking will be limited at SEPTA stations and surrounding locations, and available spots are expected to fill up quickly.
Meanwhile, city officials say there will be no parking in the stadium complex parking lots, or at FDR Park.
Real-time travel updates will be posted on SEPTA's homepage, and on Twitter @SEPTA_SOCIAL before, during and after the parade. Service alerts will also be sent to local news media outlets. Due to the parade-day service changes, information on SEPTA App may not be accurate.