A new city, a whole new transit system! From my home base at the University of Pennsylvania, I’ll be reviewing every bus route and train station on the sprawling SEPTA.

*Full Disclosure: I volunteer on the SEPTA Youth Advisory Council, but all opinions on this blog are my own.

Recent Posts from Miles on SEPTA

43 (Richmond-Cumberland to 50th-Parkside)

43 (Richmond-Cumberland to 50th-Parkside)

Our last SEPTA review was on the 64, a route that runs crosstown along a wide, close-to-the-city road in South Philadelphia and runs more infrequently than it should. The 43 is the northern version of that! Oh wait, let's review the 50th-Parkside Loop first. The...

64 (50th-Parkside to Pier 70)

64 (50th-Parkside to Pier 70)

Some routes make a ton of sense as crosstowns. Take the 15: it runs straight across Girard and operates frequently all day every day to really maximize its usefulness. SEPTA has lots of routes like that. But then...there's the odd, odd case of the 64. Ostensibly it's...

Hatboro

Hatboro

Sure, I could've easily done the hour-long walk from Southampton to Warminster after riding the 24. But...I've reviewed Warminster already. So of course I would opt for the 90-minute walk to the next station over, Hatboro! Wouldn't you??? The station seen from Byberry...

J (Chelten-Wissahickon to Richmond-Orthodox)

J (Chelten-Wissahickon to Richmond-Orthodox)

I'm sure SEPTA had plenty of reason for each route they chose to operate their COVID-19 "lifeline service", but I find it odd that the J, an infrequent crosstown route sandwiched between two more frequent ones, gets precedent over, say, the 54 (or, like, the 33 or 48?...

Germantown

Germantown

The Chestnut Hill East Line takes a pretty odd route through Northwest Philly - it's generally straight, except for what is essentially a deviation where the track goes out of the way from the path you would expect it to take. Of course, it's to serve Germantown, a...

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Haverford

Haverford

This station has an almost...enigmatic feel to it. When you're inside it, it's like being inside this mysterious place that appeared out of nowhere and hasn't been changed in years. Such is the nature of the Haverford Regional Rail station. One of the station's...

K (Ridge-Midvale to Arrott Transportation Center)

K (Ridge-Midvale to Arrott Transportation Center)

The K really is an odd duck in the SEPTA canon. Forming almost an upside-down U, this route is a crosstown across North Philadelphia that completely overshoots the Broad Street Line, running through some of the northernmost reaches of the city. Despite that, it...

Girard (BSL)

Girard (BSL)

I reported this to SEPTA, so it isn't an issue anymore, but the station page for the Girard Broad Street Line station showed a map of the Girard Market Frankford Line station! See, this is why you don't give your stations the same name, because stuff like this...

7 (Pier 70 to 33rd-Dauphin)

7 (Pier 70 to 33rd-Dauphin)

Oof, this might be one of SEPTA's most beastly City Transit routes. It doesn't get much crazier than taking a convoluted path from North Philly down into Center City, onward to South Philly, across to the other side of town, and then back up to serve the South Philly...

54 (Richmond-Cambria to 33rd-Dauphin)

54 (Richmond-Cambria to 33rd-Dauphin)

For a relatively simple and relatively short North Philadelphia crosstown, my 54 sure did get packed. I guess we'll find out at the end if that's normal or not... The bus making its way down narrow Cambria Street. I got on an eastbound bus a few blocks from the end of...