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Broad Street Run passes through South Philly this Sunday – watch for bus detours and parking restrictions

The 39th annual Blue Cross Broad Street run kicks off in North Philly and proceeds 10 miles south to the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

Spectators are encouraged to head out to Broad Street to watch the race and cheer on the runners.  Entertainment and refreshments are available along the course and at the finish line.

According to the official event website, some of the best places to watch the racers in South Philly include:

  • South Broad Street at Carpenter (High School for the Creative and Performing Arts);
  • South Broad Street at Jackson (South Philadelphia High School);
  • South Broad Street at Bigler Street;
  • South Broad Street at Packer Avenue, one block from Chickie & Pete’s
  • Broad and Pattison at the Sports Complex.

Extra trains, bus delays

Racers are encouraged to park at the Sports Complex and take the Broad Street Line to the race start.  To accommodate the crowds, according to SEPTA, “Participants in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run may ride the Broad Street Line for free before the race and until 9:00 a.m.  Participants must display their official competitor’s race bib number to a SEPTA cashier to gain entry.”

Beginning at 4:10am ten additional Express Broad Street Line Trains will operate every 10 minutes to transport racers from the parking lots near AT&T (Pattison) Station to stops near the race start Olney Transportation Center and Fern Rock Transportation Center.

Many bus routes in South Philly will be temporarily detoured due to the race.  Check SEPTA’s Blue Cross Broad Street Run Service Information page to see which routes will be detoured.  During the race, check TransitView for up-to-date detour information.

Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will provide Broad Street run-related transit, weather and safety information. To receive mobile alerts, text RUNPHL to 888-777 or visit OEM’s ReadyPhiladelphia page.

Parking will be restricted on Broad Street before and during the race – watch for posted signs!

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

SEPTA Key is almost here, “Quick Trips” feature now offered at three South Philly station

The launch of SEPTA Key, the token-less system that we’ve been anticipating for what seems like forever now, is almost here. Late-November is when Key is finally expected to launch.

SEPTA Key kiosk at Tasker/Morris Station.

SEPTA Key kiosk at Tasker/Morris Station.

In the meanwhile, SEPTA is adding some new payment options. “Quick Trips” is being introduced at three stations in South Philly to allow passengers to pay for a single trip ticket of $2.25 without needing to have exact change for the teller, instead this fare can now be paid with credit and debit cards.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

11th and Reed trolley tracks have finally been removed

Last summer it was announced that the trolley tracks at 11th and Reed, along with about 20 other intersections in the city, would be removed. The inactive Route 23 tracks have been a hazard to bicyclists and drivers alike for years now, since the trolley stopped service over 20 years ago.

Over the weekend the tracks were finally removed at the Passyunk Square intersection.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Newbold 

Spotted: SEPTA installs bike racks at Tasker-Morris station

We all know that bike theft is a huge problem in the city. For some commuters, it can be a bit of a deterrent from cycling as a form of commuting. SEPTA has now come up with a solution to get more people riding their bikes to the Broad Street Line subway stations.

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A bike rack has been installed underground at Tasker-Morris to create a new option for commuters to lock up their bikes in a designated location at the station.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Today’s the first day for SEPTA Key, but not everyone can get rid of their tokens just yet

SEPTA Key has been delayed again and again over the past few years. Now today, Monday, June 13, is the beginning of the service for a select number of customers.

SEPTA Key kiosk at Tasker/Morris Station.

SEPTA Key kiosk at Tasker/Morris Station.

A total of 10,000 passengers will become “early adopters” of the program today, starting with weekly and monthly passes. As of right now, there is only one location in South Philly that will be offering Key.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Two South Philly SEPTA routes to test out new emissions-free buses

Earlier this week it was announced that SEPTA would receive a Federal Transportation Administration grant that would give the transit authority close to $2.6 million to bring emissions-free buses to the city.

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Photo from Proterra

If you happen to be a frequent bus commuter in South Philly, you may be one of the first to test out these new buses. The pilot program prior to the release of these buses citywide involves just two routes. The Route 29 bus that runs from Pier 70 to 33rd and Dickinson, along with the Route 79 bus that runs from Columbus Commons to 29th and Snyder, are the first two lines that will be introducing this more eco-friendly commuting option.

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