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

Cynwyd

Cynwyd

I was touring Temple University in 2016, and the guide was telling us about transportation access. "Every Regional Rail line stops at Temple, so it's really convenient," he said. And I didn't know much about SEPTA then, but I did know one thing: not the Cynwyd Line!...

Secane

Secane

I noticed that Secane had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of its overhaul, but for some reason it didn't click with me that I should probably go and check out the new station. An anonymous person in the comments suggested I check it out: "Ahem…Newly...

99 (Phoenixville to Norristown Transportation Center)

99 (Phoenixville to Norristown Transportation Center)

Ah...back in the world of SEPTA suburban routes. I don't think the 99 is bucking any trends as far as insanity goes. Wow, I love that giant text on the destination sign! Well, I must tell you, the first two minutes of the 99 are certified deviation-free! We left the...

Doylestown

Doylestown

Alright, Doylestown, you're gonna have to come through for me here. Your town is so quaint and pretty, so I need this station to live up to that standard. Do you think you can do that for me? Okay, decent start. The entrance to Doylestown from South Clinton Street (or...

Thorndale

Thorndale

Oh come on, SEPTA, stop teasing us! "201 S. Bailey Road, Coatesville, PA, 19320"? There's a lot of ambiguity about which borough or township or whatever Thorndale Station is in, but it sure as heck isn't Coatesville...even though the Paoli/Thorndale Line should...

205 (Chesterbrook to Paoli Station)

205 (Chesterbrook to Paoli Station)

Consider this my SEPTA service change guide. Literally the only non-seasonal change they seem to be making is the elimination of the 205, and the rerouting of the 204 and 206 to compensate. Thus, I figured why not ride the very last trip on this completely...

18 (Fox Chase to Cedarbrook Plaza)

18 (Fox Chase to Cedarbrook Plaza)

Welcome to SEPTA's busiest bus route, the 18! And I know what you might be thinking: "You stupid hack-fraud idiot, the busiest route is the 23! Duh!" But oh no, my dear detractor: because the 23 was split in two, the 18 now gets more daily riders! Let's take a full...

Merion

Merion

Merion is the true first stop on the Main Line. Overbrook? That's not really the Main Line. It's within the borders of Philadelphia, there are rowhouses within its walkshed, and it even has a few tall-ish buildings around it. Now compare that to Merion, which aside...

34th Street (MFL)

34th Street (MFL)

University City is truly a neighborhood of opportunity. The confluence of some of the brightest minds in the country, this area offers amazing hospitals, brilliant colleges, and exciting new research happening every day. 34th Street is right smack in the middle of all...

Girard (MFL)

Girard (MFL)

It seems like every other ISEPTAPHILLY post pertains to some event or SEPTA Perk happening near Girard Station. That makes sense - this neighborhood, Fishtown, represents ground zero for Philadelphia's rapid gentrification, making it a real "hot" place to be, for...

Race-Vine (BSL)

Race-Vine (BSL)

For family weekend, my parents stayed at a hotel from which Race-Vine was the closest station. It was still faster for me to just take the El and walk, but hey - new station review. Let's do it. An entrance on Race. None of Race-Vine's entrances at Race Street amount...