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

39 (Richmond-Cumberland to 33rd-Dauphin)

39 (Richmond-Cumberland to 33rd-Dauphin)

A crosstown route across North Philadelphia from Strawberry Mansion to Olde Richmond? Alright, the 39 sounds pretty good to me! Wait...why does the route have a four-block jog in the eastbound direction only? Ohhhh noooooooo... "SEPTA off duty"? Come on! We headed...

3 (33rd-Cecil B. Moore to Frankford Transportation Center)

3 (33rd-Cecil B. Moore to Frankford Transportation Center)

It was of the utmost importance that I rode the 3 on a Saturday or Sunday midday. You see, most of the time, it does indeed end at a SEPTA loop at 33rd-Cecil B. Moore, but on weekend middays...yes, weekend middays, it gets extended to the Smith Memorial Playground in...

33rd Street (Trolleys)

33rd Street (Trolleys)

Uh-oh...better make this quick, I'm in enemy territory! This is 33rd Street Station. One of the two station entrances. A block east from the El's 34th Street Station, 33rd Street is placed just before the trolley tracks join Market Street. The two entrances are...

Guide to SEPTA’s Summer 2019 Transit Service Changes

Guide to SEPTA’s Summer 2019 Transit Service Changes

Boy oh boy oh boy, did SEPTA botch this one up. They waited until two days before these changes are scheduled to occur to put the update on the website, and there are a ton of missing links and false information and typos and oh geez, we have a lot to get through....

79 (Columbus Commons to 29th-Snyder)

79 (Columbus Commons to 29th-Snyder)

The 79 is a pretty good route to begin with: it's a short, generally frequent, well-used crosstown straight across South Philadelphia on Snyder Ave. Sure, it used trackless trolleys until 2003, and it's a real bummer that it doesn't use them anymore, but 16 years...

25 (Columbus Commons to Frankford Transportation Center)

25 (Columbus Commons to Frankford Transportation Center)

It's the age-old question that's been asked for centuries: what's the best way of getting to the South Philadelphia malls? Scientists generally agree that it's most efficient to hop on a southbound Broad Street Line train armed with an app to figure out when the first...

Elwyn

Elwyn

Media seems like such a natural place to end a Regional Rail line. It's a sizeable, dense town, after all - the county seat of Delco! And yet...the line goes one stop further to a little station in the middle of nowhere called Elwyn. Elwyn is a weird station. Looking...

Every Stop on the 101/102 Trunk

Every Stop on the 101/102 Trunk

Long story short: I happen to have reviewed all of the 101/102 stations from Fairfield Ave to Drexel Hill Junction. Might as well marathon them! Fairfield Ave. Fairfield Ave is stupidly close to 69th Street. It is a 0.2 mile, 5-minute walk from Fairfield Ave to 69th...

63rd Street (MFL)

63rd Street (MFL)

I refuse to review the 15 trolley until (if?) the full line gets restored out to Richmond-Westmoreland. However, I still wanted to ride the whole thing as it currently operates just to say I've done it, and from the western end of the line, there's really nowhere to...

Somerton

Somerton

SEPTA's pass system has some pretty bizarre rules. One of the strangest is with Zone 1 Trailpasses, which you would expect to only be valid within...you know, Zone 1. Not so - on weekdays outside of rush hour, they're valid for travel to any station within the...

59 (Castor-Bustleton to Arrott Transportation Center)

59 (Castor-Bustleton to Arrott Transportation Center)

It's time to gush over another trackless trolley! Man, I love riding these. Can I just give the route a 10/10 now? What? That's unfair? Okay, fine, I'll ride the 59 first... Arrott is a tough place to get photos. Gotta love the arm poking out from the left! Our...

5th Street/Independence Hall (MFL)

5th Street/Independence Hall (MFL)

See that cracked bell behind glass? That's apparently a giant tourist attraction for some reason! Yeah, I don't know why people love this thing so much when...I mean, it's a bell. Philly has so much more to offer than...a bell! Okay, whatever, I'm not here to review...

Aquarium and Entertainment Center (River LINE)

Aquarium and Entertainment Center (River LINE)

Welcome to the very small touristy part of Camden! It gets two River LINE stations, each named after their closest tourist attractions, and I figured we'd look at both of them in one post. Why? Because...well, they're both pretty uninteresting. So, let's review...

49 (33rd-Dauphin to 29th-Snyder)

49 (33rd-Dauphin to 29th-Snyder)

As soon as I found out that the long-fabled 49 was actually going to open up in our lifetimes, I knew I wanted to ride the first trip. At first, we only got a vague "5 AM" opening time, and I really had no idea what that meant or from which end of the route. Then the...