UPDATE: I changed the bus stop intersection for getting to Widener after getting some new information from the Independence. See below.
Tomorrow has the potential to be a pretty special day for local soccer fans.
Although there isn't going to be a proper Union-Independence doubleheader at PPL Park this season, tomorrow will bring us as close as we will get. The Union play the Seattle Sounders at 4 p.m. at PPL Park, then the Independence play their home opener against the team formerly known as the Washington Freedom at 6 p.m.
(The current name of the team is magicJack SC, named after the company that does those cheap telephone service gadgets. It will play its home games this year at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, which isn't anywhere near the Washington area.
Still, I don't like the way team owner Dan Borislow destroyed one of the few clubs with any tradition in the history of women's soccer. I will start calling the team by its proper name at some point, but I appreciate your allowing me to rant this time.)
Anyway, back to the main subject of this blog post, which is to provide you with the SEPTA schedule for tomorrow afternoon.
Since PPL Park and Quick Stadium are relatively close to each other in Chester, I thought I would look to see if it's possible to get to both games without a car. Indeed, it can be done.
To get from PPL Park to Leslie Quick Stadium, take the Union's free shuttle to the Chester Transportation Center, then take either the 113 or 109 SEPTA bus.
The 113 goes to 17th Street and Melrose Avenue, a short walk away from Quick Stadium, with scheduled departures at 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. The 109 stops at 17th Street and Providence Avenue, three blocks west of Melrose Avenue, with scheduled departures from Chester at 6:20 and 6:35 p.m. The ride on either route is about 10 minutes.
After the Independence game, take the Route 113 bus back to the Chester Transportation Center. The scheduled departure times from that stop are 8:10 and 8:38. The most convenient Regional Rail departures from there are at 8:54 p.m. to Center City and 9:04 p.m. to Marcus Hook (though not Wilmington). You should have plenty of time to make either connection.
If you live anywhere near the Norristown High Speed Line, you could take the 109 or the 113 northbound to 69th Street Terminal. It's a long ride, almost an hour. But depending on how long it takes you to get to Chester, then up to Center City, then back out to 69th Street, it might not be too much of a difference.
I'm sure that the schedule to make both games applies to a relatively small number of you, but I get asked about public transportation options on a fairly regular basis. So I figure it's worth getting this information out there.
Here's the train schedule for Saturday, spanning the entire afternoon and evening.
From Center City
From Newark, Wilmington, Marcus Hook and Chester
To Center City
To Marcus Hook, Wilmington and Newark