This week, we’re taking a closer look at SEPTA’s Broad-Ridge Spur. The Broad-Ridge Spur is a two-track spur of the Broad Street Line that diverges from the main line at Fairmount Station. The line runs southeast, following along Ridge Avenue from Fairmount Avenue to Market Street.
Originally known at the Ridge-8th Street Subway, service on the Broad-Ridge Spur began in 1932. At its southern terminus at 8th & Market Street, riders can transfer to the Market-Frankford Line or the PATCO Speedline.
The Broad-Ridge Spur operates Monday through Saturday from 6am to 9pm, running two-car trains on shortened platforms. In total, the Spur services eight stations: Fern Rock, Olney, Erie, North Philadelphia, Girard, Fairmount, Chinatown, and 8th Street. Chinatown and 8th Street are the only stations unique to the Spur; the other six stations are also serviced by the Broad Street Line.
Whether you’re headed to Chinatown, connecting to PATCO, or just want to experience a lesser-known SEPTA route, take a ride on the Broad-Ridge Spur!