This week, we're taking a look at one of SEPTA’s Subway-Surface Trolley Routes - the Route 10! This route was created in 1906 as a Subway Surface Trolley Route by the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company.
The Route 10 begins its journey at 13th and Market, like many of SEPTA's trolley routes. From there, it weaves through the winding trolley tunnels beneath Center City. Eventually the Route 10 makes its way above ground at the 36th Street Portal. The Route 10 is the only Subway-Surface Trolley Route to use the 36th Street portal. Routes 11, 13, 34 and 36 all exit from the 40th Street Portal.
Not only is the Route 10 operational 24 hours a day/7 days a week - it's also one of our 15-15-5 routes, meaning it comes every 15 minutes or less for at least 15 hours a day, five days a week. This makes it perfect for traveling through Center City. It carries an average of 11,163 passengers every weekday, and travels 1,640 miles.
The Route 10 ends its journey at the Malvern Loop in Overbook where it shares an off-street loop with the Route 46.