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Location: Ambler πŸ“

February 17, 2022

Hey SEPTA Rider! It’s Leslie here with a new location. This week, I made my way over to Ambler, PA!

Ambler Pennsylvania is a popular borough in Montgomery County that is known for its downtown area which is filled with a wide variety of restaurants and charming shops. The town is also home to the famed Ambler Theater and Act II Playhouse.

This week, 2/21 thru 2/27, Ambler will be hosting its semi-annual Ambler Restaurant Week as local restaurants have been prepping and gearing up with special menus for visitors. People can expect tons of outdoor fun, good music, and GREAT eats. Because this weeklong event is such a big deal, I found it imperative to teach all our novice SEPTA riders how easy it would be to make this trip.

I first checked the SEPTA App to see the times for the next arriving trains for Regional Rail then headed over to Jefferson Station. At this point, I am starting to feel like a Regional Rail expert. I checked the arrival boards for the Lansdale/Doylestown Line, tapped on, then hopped on the train just in the nick of time.

The ride was about 35 minutes and this time I did not have to download the timetable PDF. Along with the conductors announcing each stop, this train was equipped with a display screen that showed each stop and the one to come next.  

I got off at the Ambler Train Station, tapped off, then made my way to Main Street which is a very short walk from the station. I wanted to grab a quick bite and saw so many dining options such a Geronimo’s Peruvian Cuisine, Sushi Hatsu, and Old School Burgers, Dogs, and Shakes.

I wanted to get something fast, so I stopped by the Weavers Way Co-op Grocery store located on Bustler Ave. I was able to order a crispy BLT sandwich and enjoy it in the dining area.

When I finished my lunch, I promptly made my way back to the train station. On the walk back I spotted the famous Ambler Theater and Act II Playhouse. The architecture of these buildings is beautiful and captures the nostalgic feel of old-school theaters. I took a quick moment (or what I thought was quick) to soak it all in.

As I was approaching the station, The railroad crossing gate began to lower. I could see the train heading to Center City coming but now there was no way for me to get to the other side of the platform safely. I watched the train ride past me from the other side of the street and had to wait for the next one to arrive. Lucky for me, the Ambler Train Station has heated shelters on the platforms, so I was able to tap on and comfortably relax and wait until the next train arrived.

If you use Travel Wallet on your SEPTA Key card, the cost of a one-way trip from Center City to Ambler on Regional Rail is $4.00 on weekdays and weekends.

Now is the perfect time to get ready for your trip on SEPTA to Ambler Restaurant Week. When doing so, don’t be like me and plan to give yourself time to get to and from the train station to make your trains on time! And as always, remember that facemasks are required on all SEPTA modes!