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Airport Line Turns 39!

April 22, 2024

SEPTA’s Airport Line was established on April 28, 1985 - making Sunday its 39th birthday!

The Airport Line runs every 30 minutes from 5AM to midnight on weekdays and hourly on weekends and stops at all major Philadelphia International Airport terminals.

Philadelphia is fortunate to have a rail line that connects directly to PHL terminals. Only a handful of major airports in the Unites States are able to offer this amenity to its passengers. The Airport Line is also important for bringing employees to work - from Division of Aviation employees that live all over the city - to flight crews and concessions staff. Driving is not possible for many of these folks. Having reliable public transportation makes working at the airport a viable option. 

The four Airport Terminal stations are less than 30-minutes from Center City - and offer seamless connections to every Regional Rail Line, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line, five trolley lines and dozens of SEPTA bus routes - to connect customers to every corner of the Delaware Valley.

The Airport Line has been and continues to be a bright spot for SEPTA.

The Airport Line is tracking at 75 percent of pre-pandemic levels - outpacing our overall Regional Rail recovery! This is a great indicator that our recovery as a city and region is moving in the right direction.

SEPTA’s Airport Line has been a key differentiator for Philadelphia – helping to attract major conferences, sporting events and international gatherings to the City – and it’s only getting better thanks to a Platform Rehabilitation Project currently underway. The improvements planned as part of this project will enhance the travel experience for the millions of visitors who fly to Philadelphia each year for tourism and business and create a welcoming new transit gateway for travelers continuing to destinations throughout our region.

The project includes the rehabilitation of the platform surface and canopies which consists of removing portions of the existing surfaces such as the glazed curtainwall, epoxy flooring, automatic doors, tactile warning edges, center platform roofing, and north platform polycarbonate canopy panels. The construction team will then install several new features while ensuring that the new surfaces match the existing finish of the platforms and walls. 

When the world comes to Philadelphia in the coming years for the World Cup and other festivities coinciding with the nation’s 250th birthday - many will begin their journey here.

SEPTA will be ready!