Even with all its
latter-day abandonments and suspensions, the Philadelphia area still
possesses a pleasing variety of light rail and streetcar routes, with some unusual transit
features. All routes are operated by
SEPTA, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.
There are four separate kinds of service:
the Subway-Surface routes, leave from an underground terminal at Philadelphia's City
Hall and travel in a subway west under Market St. that also accommodates
the Market-Frankford subway-elevated route. After the Schuylkill
River the routes reach the surface and head for various destinations.
Arrow" lines, which leave together from 69th Street, the western end of the
Market-Frankford line, then split into two routes headed for Sharon Hill and Media.
The venerable Norristown High Speed Line, a
unique third-rail transit property with a long and rich history, which
also leaves from 69th Street.
A restored heritage streetcar line
travels along crosstown 8.2 miles through old neighborhoods in North Philadelphia and West Philadelphia.
In this photo a Kawasaki light rail vehicle has recently emerged from
the Market St. subway, and is beginning its slow street running on the 11 Darby