This week, we’re taking a closer look at the Route 103! This route is a former streetcar line and current SEPTA Bus Route. The Route 103 runs seven days a week between Ardmore and 69th Street Transportation Center. On a typical weekday, this route carries 1,365 passengers and travels 571 miles. One of the Route 103's most unique qualities is that it has its own private busway in Haverford Township. A dedicated lane for the Route 103, this busway is known as "Hathaway Lane." Check it out on the Route 103 map below!
The Route 103 was established in 1902 as a streetcar line operated by the Ardmore and Llanerch Street Railway. Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company (PSTC) later took over operations as the streetcar became one of the company’s Red Arrow Lines routes. In 1966, the streetcar line was converted to bus operation. SEPTA acquired PSTC and assumed operations of the Route 103 in 1970.
At 69th Street Transportation Center, the Route 103 connects with the Market-Frankford Line, the Norristown High Speed Line, and 19 bus routes. Riders on the Route 103 can also connect with the Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line in Ardmore. Besides boasting a train station just five stops from Center City, Ardmore also is one of the Main Line’s best shopping and dining destinations. Suburban Square, just steps away from Ardmore Station, us an upscale outdoor shopping center with over 58 popular stores.
Whether you're connecting to another route at 69th Street Transportation Center or heading out to Ardmore, hop the Route 103 and let SEPTA get you there!