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Subways & El's


There are 3 main rapid transit lines in the city transit system, the Market-Frankford El, the Broad St Subway and PATCO. 

The heavily patronized Market-Frankfort El received new rolling stock in 1999, replacing the famous Budd "Almond Joy" cars. In August of 2004 the original Frankford Terminal was demolished for the new Frankford Transportation Center which is located near the original terminal. The El in West Philly is being completely rebuilt.

The Broad St Subway is designed for high capacity with many branches. One branch has been built (Ridge St. Spur). The 4 track main line north of Locust is similar to NY's famous subway lines. In the early 90's the express track was finally extended to Olney (roadbed was in place, just no tracks). Hopefully someday this line will meet its full potential.

PATCO is a separate system that uses the original Bridge Line

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Last Updated: 03/25/17


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