I post this press release from our friends at SEPTA as a public service.
However, my personal plea is this: People, for heaven's sake, stay home! Who gets up in the middle of the night to go shopping? Think of the poor souls who have to leave their homes and families to open the doors and staff the registers. The only reason I am up and around between midnight and 5 a.m. is to catch a plane or get an early start on some other form of travel. Shopping? I don't think so; my house has books, chocolate, and blankets, three good reasons to be a homebody.
But if you do feel a need to be first in line at a sale on Black Friday, consider taking SEPTA.
Here is their special Black Friday schedule:
SEPTA has service available on a number of bus routes for holiday shoppers headed to local malls for special early openings Thanksgiving night and Black Friday.
Regularly scheduled trips will provide customers service to stores in time for door-busters and other store-opening deals Thursday night and Friday morning. Some extra service will also be added.
SEPTA has launched a special section on its Website with bus schedule details at http://www.septa.org/service/bus/holiday-service.html. The following is an overview of the services available to area malls:
King of Prussia Mall - Opens at midnight. Regularly scheduled service on bus routes 99, 123, 124 and 125 will get customers to the mall for the early opening. In addition, there will be three extra trips on the Route 125.
Montgomery Mall – Opens at midnight. Regularly scheduled service on bus routes 94, 96 and 132 is available prior to the opening.
Plymouth Meeting Mall – Stores open between midnight and 5 a.m. Regularly scheduled service is available on Routes L, 27 and 98.
Springfield Mall – Opens at midnight. Regularly scheduled Route 101 Trolley service is available prior to the opening, as are trips on bus routes 109 and 110.
Oxford Valley Mall – Opens at midnight. Regularly scheduled trips on bus routes 14 and 129 are available before stores open.
Willow Grove Park – Opens at midnight. Regularly scheduled service on bus routes 22 and 55 is available prior to the opening.
Philadelphia Premium Outlets – Stores open between 9 p.m. and midnight. Four trips on the Route 93 will be extended to go to the outlets. These trips depart at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Norristown, and 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. from Pottstown.
Franklin Mills Mall – Opens at midnight. Regularly scheduled service for the opening is available on bus routes 20, 50, 67, 84, 129 and 130.
For more details about services to local shopping destinations on Thanksgiving night, Black Friday and throughout the holiday season, visit http://www.septa.org/service/bus/holiday-service.html.