A big selling point for supporters of the Sixers’ recently unveiled plan to put a new arena in the city center is the overwhelming number of public transit options just yards from entrances.
And that’s true ! Philadelphia isn’t known for its extremely robust public transit, but the intersection of 11th and Market is potentially the most transit-accessible intersection in the city. Between subway lines, train lines and bus lines, it couldn’t be easier to get to 11th & Market, one of the corners the Sixers plan to run away with to create 76 Place.
The question, of course, is how public transport would withstand the likely increase in volume given driving in the city center and finding parking seems much less palatable than getting to the stadium complex.
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SEPTA has been in contact with the Sixers prior to this announcement, and the transportation authority appears ready.
“Yes, the Sixers have been in contact with SEPTA regarding their plans for the new arena,” SEPTA media relations manager Andrew Busch told NBC Sports Philadelphia. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with the team, city and other stakeholders in the future.”
Busch cited the arena’s proximity to SEPTA’s many transit options – subways, regional trains, streetcars and bus routes – and highlighted the transit authority’s ability to accommodate additional volume. during the Eagles’ Super Bowl Parade, the Pope’s visit, the NFL Draft, the DNC, and more.
“We are confident that SEPTA will be ready to serve this exciting new location, and we will continue to work closely with all stakeholders going forward,” Busch said.
Whether you’re already a regular transit user, someone who uses it occasionally, or someone who doesn’t use it and is afraid of how moving the Sixers to downtown will affect your ability to seeing a match is a good idea. to get acquainted.
(All of this comes with the certainty that things are likely to change over the next nine years, but do us a favor, okay?)
Let’s take a look at all the currently available ways to get to 76 Place, which is not currently available:
SEPTA Metro + Trolley
Either of the SEPTA subway lines would be a great transit option to catch a Sixers game at 76 Place for anyone living even remotely close to their stops.
The new arena would be located directly on Market Street, making one of the Market Frankford Line stops from City Hall at 8th Street less than a 10-minute walk from the arena. That would be ideal.
Getting from the most westerly stop on the Market Frankford Line, 69th Street, to the 13th Street stop is a 16-minute ride, while traveling from the most eastern stop on the Market Frankford Line, the Frankford Transportation Center at the 11th Street stop is a 26 minute ride.
During the week, Market Frankford Line trains run every six minutes throughout the day, then every 12 minutes until 11:30 p.m., then every 15 minutes until 12:30 a.m.
The Broad Street Line would also be particularly useful for reaching 76 Place as its free interchange at City Hall allows you to take the Market Frankford Line in either direction. The Broad Street Line also has its own less than 10-minute walks to the arena from the underground line’s Walnut-Locust, City Hall and Race-Vine stations.
Getting from the northernmost stop on the Broad Street Line, Fern Rock Transportation Center, to City Hall Station is 30 minutes, while the southernmost stop on the Broad Street Line, NRG Station, is at 12 minutes. stroll.
During the week, local Broad Street Line trains run at eight-minute intervals throughout the day until 6.30pm, then at 12-minute intervals until just after midnight.
SEPTA also runs its Night Owl bus services along the Market Frankford line, which runs every 15 minutes to Town Hall from the end of the train service, and does the same for the Broad Street line.
And then you have the streetcar lines that stretch into Delaware County to the southwest and Overbrook Park to the northwest. The streetcar lines have free interchanges with the Market Frankford Line at 30th, 15th and 13th Street stations as well as pedestrian connections at 30th Street and 15th Street stations.
Here’s a look at how many round trips (at the moment) depart after 9:40 p.m., assuming a Sixers game ends around 9:30 p.m. and you can get it through 13th and Market in 10 minutes:
- 10/63 & Malvern: 6
- 11/Darby Transportation Hub: 5
- 13/Yedon: 6
- 34/61 & Baltimore: 8, if you count 9:42 p.m.
- 36/80th & Eastwick: 8, if you count 9:43 p.m.
SEPTA Regional Railway
SEPTA’s regional train serves all of the surrounding suburban areas and even crosses county and state lines, reaching places like Media, Trenton, Wilmington, Norristown, and more.
The question, of course, is how usable the lines are after a game in terms of getting home to those areas.
Here’s a look at how many round trips (as of now) depart after 9:40 p.m., assuming a Sixers game ends around 9:30 p.m. and you can get it through Jefferson Station in 10 minutes (which is generous) :
- Airport: 5
- Chestnut Hill East: 3
- Chestnut Hill West: 1, if you count 9:43 p.m.
- Fox hunting: 0
- Glenside: 5
- Lansdale/Doylestown: 2
- Manayunk/Norristown: 2
- Media/Elwyn: 2
- Paoli/Thorndale: 3, if you count 9:46 p.m.
- Trenton: 2
- Warminster: 2
- West Trenton: 1
- Wilmington: 1
Often the last train from Jefferson Station on these lines doesn’t leave until after 11pm, quite late if you’re trying to catch a game on a weeknight and get home at a reasonable hour.
I imagine SEPTA and the Sixers would work together to provide additional service during the Sixers season, or at least when the team is playing a home game, similar to how SEPTA’s Broad Street Line service usually has trains who are waiting at the NRG station when Sixers, Phillies, Flyers and Eagles end.
SEPTA’s bus lines are one of the city’s most specific transit options. They are everywhere ! There are dozens and dozens of bus routes that will take you within a few blocks of the proposed 76 Place site.
Here is a list of routes that can drop you within three blocks of the theoretical arena:
That’s a lot of bus lines.
For those not in the know, PATCO stands for Port Authority Transit Corporation and connects a very immediate part of South Jersey to Philadelphia from Philly City Hall to Lindenwold.
Here is the very simple transit corp map:
Every PATCO station has a bike rack, and seven of the New Jersey stations have parking, meaning Sixers fans heading to games at 76 Place could park and ride.
As currently constructed, the two closest PATCO stops to 76 Place would be the 9/10th & Locust Street Station stop and the 12/13th & Locust Street Station stop. The 9/10 stop would be an 11-minute walk from an apparent 12th & Market Street entrance, while the 12/13 stop would be a nine-minute walk from the same location.
Assuming a Sixers game that starts at 7 p.m. ends at 9:30 p.m. and fans will stick around for the entire game, there are three realistic weekday trains fans could take back east to New Jersey from 9/10 or 12/13th stops: one departure at 10:02 p.m., one departure at 10:42 p.m. and one departure at 11:22 p.m. On Saturdays, there are also three realistic trains that fans might see departing around the same times. On Sundays, there are two realistic trains for fans to take.
PATCO says it takes less than half an hour to get from one end of the Transit Corp line to the other.