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Route of the Week - 2

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This week we’ll be exploring the Route 2. The city bus route travels from 20th & Johnson to Pulaski & Hunting Park. For the majority of its journey, the Route 2 runs northbound on 16th Street and southbound on 17th Street. The Route 2 serves South Philadelphia, Center City, and North Philadelphia along this route.

On a typical weekday, the Route 2 carries 5,111 passengers and makes 141 total trips. Each day, the Route 2 travels about 1,126 miles. The Route 2 runs seven days a week from 5:00 AM to 3:00 AM. 

The Route 2 was the first trolley line in Philadelphia to receive a route number on October 11, 1911. The Route 2 became a bus route on November 4, 1956 when buses replaced streetcars. Southbound service on the Route 2 previously ran down 15th Street, but was moved to 17th Street on December 19, 1957. 

As it travels up 16th Street and down 17th Street on a 8-mile route, the Route 2 passes a number of Center City destinations. The Route 2 stops at SEPTA's Suburban Station, connecting with all Regional Rail Lines, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line, and a number of bus and trolley routes. The Route 2 also is a great way to get to the many Center City bars and restaurants, like the Irish Pub on Walnut Street, a SEPTA Perks Partner. Just by flashing your valid SEPTA Key or Pass at the Irish Pub, receive 10% off your food bill. 

This Thursday, hop the Route 2 to Night Market Philadelphia in Point Breeze! The traveling Night Market brings food truck fare, live music and more to the South Philly neighborhood.

So, whether you're headed to Center City, South Philly, or North Philly, hop the Route 2 and let SEPTA do the driving!

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