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

129 (Frankford-Knights to Oxford Valley Mall)

I think most of us can agree that in the grand scheme of things, 2018 was not a great year. It feels fitting to close it off with a long, crazy route that doesn't really go anywhere (at least not quickly) and makes way too many deviations for its own good. Hi, 129....

Chinatown (BRS)

Once upon a time, Philadelphia was planning on building a loop line around Center City. The Broad-Ridge Spur was built off of the Broad Street Line to the busy department stores at 8th and Market, then onwards to 16th and Locust. Now, there's no money to complete the...

Fox Chase

I've chased the fox all the way to the end of the Fox Chase Line, and now it's time to review its last stop! Okay, well, that was a terrible intro. Ahem...Fox Chase Station. On the platform. Fox Chase has three platforms split between two tracks. Since this is a...

Farewell to the AEM-7s

SEPTA is retiring its oldest kind of Regional Rail locomotive, but they gave it one last ride two weekends ago. A free express trip from Paoli to Suburban and back was run for the general public two weekends ago, and it was a lot of fun (save for some rabid railfans,...

19th and 22nd Streets (Trolleys)

Trolley stations tend to be samey, so I'm combining these two into one post. This is the part of SEPTA where the El runs express in the center two tracks and the trolleys make these two local stops on the outer tracks, leading anyone passing through to think either,...

Snyder (BSL)

Of the South Philly Broad Street Line stops, Snyder is the one I've used the most so far. I've ridden both the 37 and the 79 a number of times (the latter's review is in the pipeline, but I'm waiting for it to get the electric buses it's supposedly going to get), plus...

37 (Chester Transportation Center to Broad-Snyder)

I had just committed to Penn. My family flew down to Philly to spend a few days getting more acclimated to the city. We landed at the airport, where every sign told us to take the $6.75 Regional Rail line into town. But my family is cheap; why spend a ton of money on...

Chester Transportation Center

SEPTA Regional Rail stations tend to be in suburban or rural areas, but for our first Regional Rail review, we might as well have never left Philadelphia! And when I say Philadelphia, I mean the parts of it where you probably want to keep your wits about you when you...

NJT: 507 (Atlantic City – Ocean City)

I don't know if NJT buses will be part of my jurisdiction yet, but this system fascinates me in how dysfunctional it is - I could talk about how awful NJT is for hours. That's why whenever I happen to ride one of their routes from beginning to end, I'll give it a...

Atlantic City Bus Terminal

We've looked at the Rail Terminal, now it's time for the bus terminal! How do they compare? Let's find out. The Atlantic City bus terminal is mostly reserved for NJT's longer-distance routes, but all the local routes still stop outside the terminal. It's a very simple...

Atlantic City

Considering that it only gets twelve trains per day (or, at the moment, zero trains per day), five-track Atlantic City Station is surprisingly legit. According to ol' Wikipedia, it was built in 1989, which makes the size of the station all the more surprising. Service...