This week, we are exploring one of SEPTA's most familiar routes, the Broad Street Line AKA the Orange Line. The BSL spans 10 miles and has 22 station stops for all local trains. Local trains run every 7 minutes during AM and PM rush. Train times vary the rest of the day, but the longest length between train times is 12 minutes. Express trains also run on a separate track and stop at 8 of the 22 stations. During peak times express trains run every 7 minutes, while during off-peak hours express trains come every 12 minutes.
The BSL makes 626 trips throughout a normal weekday and carries a total of 123,315 passengers. This makes it SEPTA’s 2nd busiest traveled route. Do you know what the busiest route is? Let us know in the comments section below.
In the meantime, let’s take it back to when it all began – 1928. Service on the northern half of the Broad Street Line, between City Hall and Olney Avenue, opened on September 1, 1928. Service to the Walnut-Locust station did not begin until 1930; the Lombard-South station entered service in 1932. Service from that point south to Snyder Avenue began on September 18, 1938. Service did not extend to Pattison Avenue, now known as AT&T Station, until 1973. It’s not a coincidence that 1973 is also when the Sports Complex opened.
Whether you’re headed to work, out to dinner in East Passyunk or to the game, SEPTA’s Broad Street Line is the best way there! #ISEPTAPHILLY #RouteoftheWeek