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To accommodate the thousands of spectators traveling to and from the 2013 U.S. Open Championship at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA, SEPTA is expanding service with special schedules on its Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line and Norristown High Speed Line. The special schedules will be in effect for the entire duration of the championship tournament which will take place June 10th through June 16, 2013.
Spectators traveling to the Championship can take the Authority’s Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line to Rosemont Station. Passengers using other Regional Rail Lines can transfer to the Paoli/Thorndale Line at 30th Street, Suburban Station or Market East Station in Center City. Free shuttle bus service to and from Rosemont Station and Merion Golf Club will be provided. Spectators should plan for a 10 minute trip on the shuttle buses, depending on traffic.
Passengers requiring an accessible station should take the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line to Radnor Station and make the train conductor aware so that he may advise the U.S. Golf Association (USGA). The USGA will provide shuttle buses to transport these passengers to Merion Golf Club from Radnor Station.
The service plan for the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line is as follows:Monday – Friday:5:00 a.m. – 8:15 p.m. (Service every 25-30 minutes)8:22 p.m. – 11:52 p.m. (hourly train service towards 30th Street Station)Saturday and Sunday:6:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. (Service every 30 minutes)7:48 p.m. – 10:48 p.m. (hourly train service towards 30th Street Station)
Spectators Traveling to the Championship can also take the Norristown High Speed Line to the Ardmore Avenue Station. The station is within walking distance to the golf course. Directional signage will take spectators from the station to Gate 3 which is adjacent to the 12th hole. Passengers can connect to the Norristown High Speed Line at 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby, PA or the Norristown Transportation Center in Norristown, PA.
The service plan for the Norristown High Speed Line is as follows:Monday-Friday:5:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m. (Service every 10 minutes)6:45 p.m. – 12 midnight (Service every 15-20 minutes)Saturday and Sunday:5:00 a.m. – 8:40 p.m. (Service every 10 minutes)8:40 p.m. – 12 midnight (Service every 20-30 minutes)
Parking lots at Ardmore Avenue Station will be closed during the U.S. Open and limited at Rosemont Station. As an alternate, Paoli/Thorndale Line customers may park at Villanova or Radnor Stations before taking the train to Rosemont.
Norristown High Speed Line Customers traveling to Ardmore Avenue Station, should park at Haverford, Ardmore Junction or Bryn Mawr Stations.