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Getting to Green: Route 25

June 3, 2024

ICYMI SEPTA partnered with Mural Arts and Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) on Getting to Green: Routes to Roots - a multidisciplinary public art project aimed at inspiring Philadelphia residents to use public transportation [aka SEPTA] to explore the city’s green spaces. Through unique artwork including hand-drawn maps - riders are encouraged to discover new pathways and routes. 

You might be surprised by how quickly you can travel from urban areas to green spaces on SEPTA. 

Approximately 12.3 miles long - Route 25 has been around since April 9, 1949 serving the neighborhoods of Bridesburg, Port Richmond, and Northern Liberties. Route 25 carries 2,140 passengers on weekdays - making an average of 106 trips. On the weekends it makes an average of 66 trips per day.

Route 25 starts at Frankford Transportation Center in northeast Philadelphia where it connects to 18 bus routes and the Market-Frankford Line and runs south along the Delaware River Waterfront with stops at Penn's Landing and Spruce Street Harbor Park before reaching Columbus Commons in South Philadelphia.

Route 25 also stops at and is the WAY TO GO to Penn Treaty Park - a small 7-acre waterfront park on the western bank of the Delaware River in Fishtown. Legend has it Pennsylvania founder William Penn signed a peace treaty with the local Lenape tribe under an elm tree here in 1683. Today a statue of William Penn welcomes visitors and includes open green spaces and picnic areas with stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, a playground, and numerous seasonal community events. It's also a great spot to catch four-foot-long stripers and catfish! 

And don't forget - you can bring your bike on the bus to explore and enjoy even more!

Now that you know the WAY TO GO - here are the WAYS TO PAY:

Bus fare is $2.50 cash [exact change required] or $2 if you have a SEPTA Key card with Travel Wallet or have one of these passes loaded to your SEPTA Key card: Monthly or Weekly TransPass or TrailPass, Convenience Pass, Neighborhood Flex Pass, or Anywhere FleX Pass.

No SEPTA Key card? No problem! Tap your contactless credit card, debit card, smart phone or watch to ride SEPTA buses, subways, and trolleys. Or check out SEPTA Key Tix - the new and convenient way to pay for transit using your smartphone!

And don't forget - Kids under 12 ride free when accompanied by an adult and Seniors 65+ ride free with a SEPTA Key Senior Fare Card!

Plan your trip here!

Getting to Green: Routes to Roots is a collaboration between two local Philadelphia artists. Shira Walinsky has created over 40 murals in Philadelphia focusing on people and maps. Laura Deutch uses media and participatory art to explore connections between people, places, and their stories.