Eagles parade: SEPTA plans include free rides, Regional Rail closures for Philly's Super Bowl celebration

A Regional Rail train pulls into Suburban Station in Philadelphia.

Here are SEPTA’s plans for getting people to and from the Eagles Super Bowl parade and accompanying service adjustments.

Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines

Thanks to Independence Blue Cross, passengers will ride for free on the two subway lines. Not all stations will be open.

Trains on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines will run every five to seven minutes, starting at 5 a.m. Thursday. SEPTA will utilize as many rail cars as possible to provide added capacity for riders.

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Only the following stations will be open, although additional closures are possible depending on crowds.

Market-Frankford Line: Frankford Transportation Center, Arrott Transportation Center, Erie-Torresdale, Allegheny, Huntingdon, Girard, 2nd Street, 8th Street, 13th Street, 30th Street, 40th Street, 46th Street, 52nd Street, 60th Street and 69th Street Transportation Center.

Broad Street Line: Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, Wyoming, Erie, North Philadelphia, Cecil B. Moore, Girard, Race-Vine, Walnut-Locust, Ellsworth-Federal, Snyder and AT&T.

Regional Rail

Regional Rail will operate inbound-only in the morning and outbound-only after the parade. Trains will operate only to and from Jefferson Station and 30th Street Station. A limited number of stations will be open. Passes are required. Trips into the city end on most lines around 9:30 a.m., as SEPTA will need several hours to re-position vehicles and people to prepare for the post-parade exodus.

The Regional Rail will move people out of the city until 9:30 p.m., when it will shut down service for the night to allow time to prepare for a regular Friday commute.

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For parade-day travel on Regional Rail, customers must have one of the following fare products: A Weekly or Monthly TrailPass, an Independence Pass, or a pre-purchased senior/reduced fare ticket. Starting on Tuesday, SEPTA will sell a special discounted Independence Pass for $10. The pass will be available at sales locations, and in limited numbers the day of the parade at open stations. SEPTA urges customers to purchase passes before the day of the parade, and sales office hours will be extended through Wednesday. Visit Septa.org/Eagles for more details. Regular daily trip tickets will not be accepted Thursday.

SEPTA is adding some parking to the Primos, Pennbrook, and Philmont stops, but largely there will be limited parking and officials recommend that people do not plan to leave their cars at stations. There will be no parking at the stadiums in the city.

Below are the outlying stations that will be open on each line:

  • Airport Line: Eastwick, Terminals A, B, C/D and E/F. Hourly service throughout the day
  • Chestnut Hill East Line: Chestnut Hill East and Wyndmoor
  • Chestnut Hill West Line: No train service. Customers can use Chestnut Hill East
  • Cynwyd Line: No train service
  • Fox Chase Line: Fox Chase Station
  • Lansdale/Doylestown Line: Doylestown, Lansdale, Pennbrook, Ambler, Fort Washington and Jenkintown-Wyncote
  • Manayunk/Norristown Line: Elm Street, Norristown Transportation Center, Conshohocken
  • Media/Elwyn Line: Elwyn, Media and Primos
  • Paoli/Thorndale Line: Thorndale, Whitford, Exton, Paoli and Ardmore
  • Trenton Line: Trenton, Croydon and Cornwells Heights
  • Warminster Line: Warminster and Jenkintown-Wyncote
  • West Trenton Line: West Trenton, Woodbourne, Langhorne, Philmont and Jenkintown-Wyncote
  • Wilmington/Newark Line: Wilmington, Marcus Hook and Ridley Park

For the return trip, customers must board at the same Center City station where they departed.

Bus, Trolley, Norristown High Speed Line and CCT Paratransit

The following bus routes will be detoured Thursday: 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 16, 17, 21, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 48, 64, 68, 79, 124, 125 and G.

Other routes may need to be detoured depending on conditions Thursday.

City Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 will not stop at 15th Street, and additional adjustments are possible.

The Routes 101 and 102 Trolleys and the Norristown High Speed Line will stop at all stations, with service every 15 minutes.

CCT Paratransit will operate regular weekday service, although travel could be significantly impacted by rolling road closures and heavy pedestrian traffic. If possible, SEPTA encourages customers who are planning trips for medical care facilities near the parade route to schedule their appointments the day before the parade.

Real-Time Updates

Real-time travel updates will be posted on SEPTA’s System Status page and on Twitter at @SEPTA_SOCIAL before, during and after the parade. The authority advised that its app may not be able to keep up with so many people using the system and to not rely on it for accurate service updates. Instead, use SEPTA.org, officials said.

Other transportation

Here’s what you need to know about other transportation options: