TLSNYC wrote:So, as I'm starting to look for more housing options, I kind of have a question about public transportation in Philly.
I've only been there a couple of times and never really had to use public transporation, so please excuse htis question if it's totally stupid: basically, the Septa is like the subway system in Philadelphia correct? It runs along Market and Broad street, right? Then there are also the trolleys -- there are 6 main lines of these and they all run to 30th street which the closest stop to the law school? I was a bit confused about these trolleys -- are they above surface like in Boston, per se?
If all that's correct, just a couple more questions:
1. How late is it generally safe to hop on these things? Post 11 PM? Earlier? Later?
2. How frequently do the trolleys run? I noticed some of the places I'm looking at are only 10 min from the law school if I take the trolley, but I'm wondering if it's 10 minutes of actual travel time PLUS like another 15 minutes of waiting for a trolley to come.
SEPTA is the entire transit system, encompassing buses, subway, regional rails, and trolleys. There is 1 other subway line - the Morristown line.
As far as the trolleys go, there is a stop that is on the same block as the law school. It looks like these lines now run 24 hours. During the day, I'd guess the wait is about 3 minutes to get on one of these things because numerous lines run on the same track. They aren't as fast as the subway trains, but they'll get you there quickly, nonetheless. The trolleys run above ground in some areas, buy underground around the law school and center city. I think they are generally safe at night, mainly because there is a SEPTA operator on there. I think they'd call security if something happened. The streets are probably less safe than the trolleys/subway. But as in any city, watch your step.
You can find out more information about the routes and the schedules at http://www.septa.org
. It has info on all the modes of public transportation in Philly.