Philadelphia Transportation

Philadelphia TransportationAs the largest city in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia boasts the best transportation network in the state. The "City of Brotherly Love" is conveniently accessible by several major highways. Interstate 95 connects Downtown Philadelphia with every state on the east coast of the United States. Running for nearly 2,000 miles, I-95 connects all regions between southeastern Florida and Northeastern Maine. Interstate 95 offers a convenient 2 hour drive between Pennsylvania's biggest city and the New York Metropolitan Area, the most populated region in the Northeast. Interstate 476 links Philadelphia with other major cities in Pennsylvania such as Allentown and Scranton. Interstate 76 offers a convenient drive between Philadelphia and the state's capital city of Harrisburg. Additionally, I-76 runs westward and leads to Pittsburgh, the second biggest city in Pennsylvania.

Public transit in Philadelphia is provided by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. SEPTA operates more than 120 total bus routes throughout the city and the surrounding communities. SEPTA also controls an extensive network of local and commuter rail transportation throughout Philadelphia.

The Market-Franford Line, also known as the Blue Line, runs between the Frankford Transportation Center and 69th Street Transportation Center. The Broad Street Line, also known as the Orange Line, offers service between Fern Rock Transportation Center and AT&T Station near the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. These two rapid transit rail lines offer the best opportunities for navigating the most popular and busiest parts of Philadelphia. SEPTA also operates several Subway-Surface Trolley Lines that circulate throughout Philadelphia. Route 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 offer quick access to more than a dozen stops throughout the city.

The SEPTA regional rail service connects Philadelphia with neighboring communities in five counties within Pennsylvania including Philadelphia County and Montgomery County. Additionally, there is regional rail service to southwestern New Jersey to West Trenton and Trenton. SEPTA operates more than a dozen total regional rail lines that stop at more than 100 total stations. Amtrak offers long distance rail service in Philadelphia. The 30th Street Station is served by more than 10 Amtrak lines including the Acela Express and Northeast Regional. As the main rail hub in Philadelphia, the 30th Street Station is also served by the SEPTA regional rail and rapid transit network and also by the New Jersey Transit Atlantic City Line.

Philadelphia International Airport welcomes more than 30 million passengers each year into the Philadelphia area. This airport is a major hub for US Airways, which offers direct flights to more than 100 total destinations within the United States and overseas. Philadelphia International Airport is accessible via the SEPTA Airport Line.