SEPTA is ready for what promises to be a busy weekend at the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia – highlighted by the return of the Phillies and their World Series battle with the Yankees.
SEPTA plans to run extra service for all World Series games at Citizens Bank Park and a host of other events, including the Eagles-Giants game on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. This festive weekend also includes Flyers and Sixers games at the Wachovia Center, and Pearl Jam concerts at the Spectrum.
However, it should be noted that this extra service – and most regularly scheduled subway, bus and trolley service within Philadelphia – would not run in the event of a strike by Transport Workers Union Local 234. Negotiations are ongoing, and SEPTA remains hopeful that a resolution will be reached with no disruption to customers.
Therefore, SEPTA is pressing ahead with a full slate of Sports Express trains to supplement regular service on the Broad Street Line, as well as other plans to accommodate those heading down to the Sports Complex.
FRIDAY, OCT. 30: One extra Local train will be deployed on the Broad Street Line at 6:08 p.m. to accommodate fans going to the Wachovia Center for the Sixers-Bucks game at 7 p.m.; Two extra Local Broad Street Line trains will hit the rails at 7:05 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. to serve concert-goers headed to the Spectrum to see Pearl Jam at 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 31: What promises to be an eventful Halloween starts with a 1 p.m. Flyers-Hurricanes game at the Wachovia Center. A Broad Street Line Sports Express train will begin service at 12:08 p.m. to accommodate fans.
As night comes, so does the big game! The Phillies championship quest returns home with Game Three of the World Series against the Yankees Saturday night. SEPTA will dispatch 10 Sports Express trains on the Broad Street Line, running every 10 minutes starting at 6:18 p.m. to get fans to Citizens Bank Park in time for the 7:57 p.m. start. Extra trains will also run on the Market-Frankford Line. The Market-Frankford Line offers a convenient connection with the Broad Street Line at City Hall. Phillies service also accommodates those going to the Spectrum for Pearl Jam at 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOV. 1: What could be a defining day in the Philadelphia-New York sports rivalry kicks off at 1 p.m., when the Eagles take on the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. SEPTA is up to the challenge, with Sports Express service on the Broad Street Line every 10 minutes starting at 10:10 a.m. Extra trains will also run on the Market-Frankford Line.
The Phillies and Yankees are back at Citizens Bank Park for Game 4, which is scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. Sunday. The Sports Express revs its engine back up on the Broad Street Line with 10 trains running every 10 minutes starting at 6:18 p.m. There will also be extra service on the Market-Frankford Line.
SEPTA is working with the Phillies and city officials to get fans to and from the Sports Complex in a timely fashion this weekend. Both the team and the city are strongly encouraging fans and concert-goers to take SEPTA to these events – even if it’s only for part of their trip.
To accommodate those who may have to drive, the Philadelphia Parking Authority has a special park-and-ride offer for those attending the Phillies and Eagles game. By just showing their game tickets, fans can park for $5 at four Center City lots, located at 15th and Arch, 16th and Arch, 10th and Filbert and 10th and Ludlow. Then, as an added convenience, fans can purchase a two pack of tokens at these locations to get to and from the games on the Broad Street Line.
The Broad Street Line is also easily accessible from other modes of public transit. In addition to the Market-Frankford Line, a number of bus and trolley routes provide connections to the subway. Regional Rail riders can also make a quick transfer by getting off at either Suburban or Market East stations. It’s also convenient for those coming in from South Jersey – just take the PATCO High Speedline to the 12th and 13th and Locust Station and follow the signs to the Broad Street Line.
If necessary, a Game Five of the best-of-seven World Series between the Phillies and Yankees is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, at Citizens Bank Park. SEPTA is ready once again to dispatch 10 Sports Express trains on the Broad Street Line for a Game Five, and would also add service on the Market-Frankford Line.
For more information on SEPTA’s service for the Phillies-Yankees World Series, go to www.septa.org/phillies. Information is also available through SEPTA Customer Service by calling 215-580-7800.