This week, we're shining the spotlight on SEPTA’s Route 46. The Route 46 is a City Bus Route that serves the Overbrook and Angora sections of West Philadelphia. The 46 is one of SEPTA’s shorter bus routes, travelling just 3.4 miles each way. On a typical weekday, the Route 46 makes 180 trips, covering about 1,224 miles. Each day, this route carries around 5,820 passengers between 5:00am and 2:00am.
Before it became a bus route on August 11, 1957, the Route 46 was a streetcar line. This one of the last streetcar lines in Philadelphia to use double-ended streetcars, which were larger than standard streetcars.
The Route 46 connects with the Market-Frankford Line at 60th Street Station. Here, riders can also check out SEPTA’s Art in Transit Program in person. The elevated subway platform features a color mural painted by artists Victor Johnson & David Stephens. Read more about this mural and the art in transit program here.