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Route of the Week - Market-Frankford Line

November 25, 2019

This week, we want to highlight the busiest route in all of SEPTA. The massive Market-Frankford Line carries over 180,000 passengers daily, and stretches across 13.6 miles.

The “El,” as it’s affectionately called, stops at 28 different stations, with its ends being 69th Street Transportation Center and Frankford Transportation Center.

The Market-Frankford Line gets the nick-name "El" from the fact that it’s not just a subway, but instead is a “Subway-Elevated” line. That means while it’s underground for about half of its journey (between 2nd and 46th Street), it comes up for air the rest of the way.

The fact that the Market-Frankford Line spends so much time above ground means that you have the perfect opportunity to take in some of the best views of the skyline that the city has to offer. There are also the Love Letter Murals that you can see throughout the trip.

And if you’re planning on riding the Market-Frankford Line from Frankford this Friday around 10a, you’ll be in for a bit of a treat! Santa Claus himself will be on board one train, heading towards City Hall for SEPTA’s Santa Express! SEPTA Ambassadors will be on board trains going both directions to help drum up Christmas spirit!. If you go to the event at Dilworth Park, you'll get the chance to ice skate with Santa, and you might even be able to tell him what you want for Christmas!

 As the song goes, you may not be able to get to heaven on the Frankford El, but you can certainly get to a lot of other places!