Friday, October 15, 2010

SEPTA Sports Express This Weekend

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The Phillies continue their march to a World Series title with two crucial home games to open the National League Championship Series. The Eagles hit the grid-iron against a conference foe. The Temple Owls try to keep their bowl hopes alive.

The Flyers hit the ice and try to build on some early season momentum. It’s all happening in South Philadelphia this weekend – and SEPTA has extra service ready for
the tens of thousands of fans who will stream in and out of the Sports Complex for these major events. SEPTA is also working with the Philadelphia Parking Authority to help get fans to and from the games as easily as possible by rail, bus or car – or a combination of methods.

SEPTA will run Sports Express trains on the Broad Street Line before all events, supplementing regularly service. SEPTA will also keep trains running on the Broad Street Line as late as necessary after Phillies games to make sure fans get home, regardless of when games end.

There will also be extra service added on the Market-Frankford Line before Phillies and Eagles games as needed. The Market-Frankford Line provides a free and convenient connection to the Broad Street Line at 15th Street/City Hall. Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 also offer this free interchange, and a number of SEPTA bus routes provide convenient subway connections.

The Broad Street Line is also easily accessible by Regional Rail. Riders can depart at Market East or Suburban stations, then catch the subway at City Hall. The Broad Street Line is also easily accessible for fans from South Jersey. Just take the PATCO High Speedline to 12th/13th and Locust, then follow the signs in the concourse to the Broad Street Line.

In addition, options are available for those who have to drive, but want to avoid the Sports Complex traffic. By simply showing your ticket for any of these games, you can park for just $5 that day at two Philadelphia Parking Authority lots in Center City. Don’t have a transit pass or tokens? No problem. The Parking Authority will be selling two-packs of SEPTA tokens at the lots, which gets you to and from the game on the Broad Street Line for just $3.10. So simply pull into PPA lots at Love Park or 15th and Arch Streets, buy your tokens, take a short walk to catch
the Broad Street Line, and you’re on your way to AT&T Station.

Broad Street Line Express trains will supplement regularly scheduled service before all games this weekend. Sports Express trains depart at the Fern Rock Transportation Center and stop at Olney, Erie, Girard, Spring Garden, Race-Vine, City Hall and Walnut-Locust, before reaching the AT&T Station at the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia. An average Sports Express trip – City Hall to the Sports Complex – takes just 8 minutes. Here is SEPTA’s plan for extra service this weekend:

• Temple vs. Bowling Green, Lincoln Financial Field, 1 p.m.: Two Sports Express trains, 12:08 p.m. and 12:18 p.m.
• Flyers vs. Lightning, Wells Fargo Center, 6 p.m.: Sports Express departs at 5:08 p.m.
• Phillies vs. Giants, NLCS Game 1, Citizens Bank Park, 7:57 p.m.: Eight Sports Express trains will supplement regular service. Sports Express trains will run every 10 minutes, with the first departing from the Fern Rock Station at 5:35 p.m. Additional trains will be ready for deployment on the Market-Frankford Line as needed.

• Eagles vs. Falcons, 1 p.m., Lincoln Financial Field: Ten Sports Express trains will be added, departing every 10 minutes starting at 10:10 a.m. Additional will be added on the Market-Frankford Line as needed.
• Phillies vs. Giants, NLCS Game 2, 8:19 p.m., Citizens Bank Park: Seven Sports Express will be on the rails, running every 10 minutes starting at 6:18 p.m. Additional service will be added to the Market-Frankford Line as needed.

Express and Local Broad Street Line trains will be standing by at AT&T Station for fans immediately following all games, and the subway will continue operations after night games for as long as it takes to get fans on their way back home.

Fans can save money taking SEPTA to-and-from the games by purchasing an Independence
Pass, which allows unlimited one-day travel on all SEPTA modes. An Individual Pass is just $11.00, and allows one person unlimited trips for the day. A Family Independence Pass, which is just $28.00, allows unlimited travel for up to five people traveling together (the group must consist of at least one, but not more than two, people ages 18 or older). Also, fans who have SEPTA TrailPasses and TransPasses can use them for game-day travel at no extra charge.

Independence Passes can be purchased at all Regional Rail ticket offices, SEPTA sales offices, select newsstands and the Sales Office and Transit Museum Store at SEPTA Headquarters, located at 1234 Market Street in Philadelphia.

SEPTA will continue to provide extra service for all Phillies home playoff games, and details will be listed online at For more information, including fares and schedules, visit

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