Thursday, July 2, 2015

Train schedule for Saturday's game

A listing of R2 departures to Chester before and after the Union's 6 p.m. kickoff against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Train schedule for Saturday's game


As I did for the last home game, I've put together a schedule of SEPTA service to PPL Park for the Union's game Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Shuttle buses start running from the Chester Transportation Center four hours before the game, and will run after the game until everyone has cleared out of PPL Park. An announcement will be made over the public address when it looks like it's time for the last bus.

Note that there is Saturday R2 service from Wilmington, Del., but the postgame southbound trains only run to Marcus Hook. Still, I've listed the Wilmington departures when trains start from there., since I know a number of you live in that area.

Pregame service

From Center City

Depart Suburban Station 1:34 p.m., Arrive Chester TC 2:03 p.m.
Depart Suburban Station 2:34 p.m., Arrive Chester TC 3:04 p.m.
Depart Suburban Station 3:34 p.m., Arrive Chester TC 4:03 p.m.
Depart Suburban Station 4:34 p.m., Arrive Chester TC 5:04 p.m.

Trains leave Market East at 29 minutes past the hour and 30th Street Station at 38 minutes past the hour.

From Marcus Hook and Wilmington

Depart Marcus Hook 1:47 p.m., Arrive Chester TC 1:53 p.m.
Depart Wilmington 2:36 p.m., Arrive Chester TC 2:54 p.m. (Marcus Hook at 2:48 p.m.)
Depart Marcus Hook 3:47 p.m., Arrive Chester TC 3:53 p.m.
Depart Wilmington 4:36 p.m., Arrive Chester TC 4:54 p.m. (Marcus Hook at 4:48 p.m.)
Depart Marcus Hook 5:47 p.m., Arrive Chester TC 5:53 p.m.

Postgame service

To Center City

Depart Chester TC 8:54 p.m., Arrive Suburban Station 9:25 p.m.
Depart chester TC 9:43 p.m., Arrive Suburban Station 10:15 p.m

Trains arrive at 30th Street Station at 9:20 and 10:10, and at Market East at 9:30 and 10:20.

To Marcus Hook

Depart Chester TC 9:04 p.m., Arrive Marcus Hook 9:10 p.m.
Depart Chester TC 10:55 p.m., Arrive Marcus Hook 11:01 p.m.

There is a train that leaves Chester at 8:03 and runs all the way to Wilmington, reaching Marcus Hook at 8:09 and Wilmington at 8:21. But I doubt the game will be over in time for that.

If you took the train to the first game, please share your experience in the comments. If you do so tomorrow, email me and let me know how it goes. I'm planning to do it at some point this year and write about it, and I'm sure that people who are thinking about taking the train would like to hear from people who have.
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