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

VIDEO: The 4-hour Local Greyhound from Delaware to DC

VIDEO: The 4-hour Local Greyhound from Delaware to DC

Hey, guess what! I finally got my old computer with my editing software back from Penn! And with that came footage from two pre-pandemic videos! So hey, check out this weird local Greyhound from Wilmington, DE to Washington, DC! The other video will take longer to...

47 (Whitman Plaza to 5th-Godfrey)

47 (Whitman Plaza to 5th-Godfrey)

Argh, these long routes that run across the entirety of the City of Philadelphia will be the death of me! After my rather disappointing experience on the 47M, it was of course time to tackle that route's M-less cousin. I did it by way of an awkward out-and-back: I got...

47M (Whitman Plaza to 7th-Spring Garden via 9th Street)

47M (Whitman Plaza to 7th-Spring Garden via 9th Street)

Ugh...this thing. Okay, time for a history lesson: the regular 47 (sans "M") used to travel on 9th Street in the northbound direction, running straight through the Italian Market. While it was great to have a direct bus serving that location, the market ultimately...

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...