This week's Line of the Week is the 13! The 13, which is one of SEPTA’s five Subway-Surface Routes, connects Center City with the Yeadon Loop in Delaware County. The 13 was extended to Darby when service on the 62 (once the shortest Trolley Line in the world) was discontinued.
Once above ground, it continues to Woodland and Chester Avenues to Delaware County. Service originally operated from Yeadon to Front & Chestnut Streets in Center City. However, service re-routed to the Subway-Surface Tunnel on September 9, 1956.
The 13 connects with a number of schools in University City. Students from University of the Sciences, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania have easy access to stops on the 13. This 13 also is a Night Owl Route, running 24/7, making it easy for students (or anyone) to extend a night out a little bit longer!
Please note - due to the Trolley Blitz - which is active from Friday, 7/9 thru 7/26 - the 13 will not operate in the Center City Tunnel. Trolleys service will begin and end at 40th & Market Streets. Trolley passengers can board the Market-Frankford Line at 40th Street Station for travel to-and-from Center City, as the work efforts will not affect that service.
If you're planning on riding - you'll want to remember your SEPTA Key! This is your "key" to not just the 13, but to all of SEPTA! If you're using your SEPTA Key, fare will be $2, your first transfer will be free and your second transfer will only be $1. Not only that, but children under the age of 12 ride free when accompanied by a fare-paying adult! And now, you can buy a Three Day Convenience Pass which is ideal for individuals who travel on SEPTA less than 5 days a week and visitors and tourists enjoying a multiple day stay in Philadelphia. The cost is $18 and it's good for 24 trips over 72 consecutive hours. Time starts with your first tap. It is meant for one rider. You can read up about fares here. And if you've never ridden the trolley before, check out this informative video on How to Ride and check out our Guide to Ride!
Masks are still required on all SEPTA vehicles. This isn't just to keep you safe, it's to keep everyone who rides SEPTA safe! Ensure your mask is covering both your mouth and your nose. And remember - vehicle capacity limits on SEPTA vehicles are now lifted.
Whether you're headed to Delco, Center City, or anywhere in between, hop the 13 and let SEPTA be your ride!