PHILADELPHIA TRANSIT ROUTES

CONCISE HISTORY

SEPTA route numbers below 90 were formerly Philadelphia Transportation Co. streetcar routes. Numbers were retained for bus routes replacing streetcar routes. For routes originally created as bus routes, letters were assigned. When all letters were used up, new bus routes were numbered in the high 80's. Some of these letters are still in use, although some letters were replaced with numbers in recent years.

Dates are not available for routes created more recently by SEPTA.

Most remaining streetcar routes are those "Subway-Surface" routes, operating underneath Market Street to City Hall.

Streetcar service on route 15 was replaced with buses in 1992. But streetcar service was resumed in 2005, using rebuilt PCC cars. Streetcar track and overhead wire remains in place on routes 23 and 56, although no immediate plans exist to resume streetcar service.

All trolleybus service was suspended in 2003, with trolleybus service restored in 2009 on routes 59, 66, and 75.



Route   Route              Former Route Numbers   Streetcars Discontinued
Number  Name               Prior To  After  Map   Buses Introduced
                               1929  1929   1971

  1  Roosevelt                   --   --   --    New SEPTA Route
  2  16th (nb)                    2    2    2    1956
  2  17th (sb)                   32   32    2    1957
 (2) 15th (sb)                    2    2   --    1956  discontinued
  3  Cecil B. Moore (Columbia)   --    3    3    1956
 (4) Tioga-6th-7th                4   --   --    1930  discontinued
  4  Broad-9th                        C    C
  5  Frankford                    5    5    5    1955
 (5) 2nd (sb)                     5    5    5    1955  discontinued
 (5) 3rd (nb)                     5    5    5    1955  now 57
 (6) Luzerne-10th-11th            6   --   --    1920  discontinued
  6  Ogontz Avenue               49    6    6    1986
 (6) Easton-York (Glenside)      49    6    6    1958  now 22
  7  22nd (nb)                    7    7    7    1955
  7  23rd (sb)                    7    7    7    1955
 (8) Dauphin-Susquehanna          8    8    8    1956  now 89
  8  Roosevelt-Tabor             --   --   --    New SEPTA Route
 (9) 4th-5th-Strawberry Mansion   9    9   --    1956  discontinued
  9  Ridge                       --   --   A
 10  Lancaster                   10   10   10    Subway/Surface
 11  Woodland                    11   11   11    Subway/Surface
 12  Grays Ferry                 12   12   12    1956
 13  Chester                     13   13   13    Subway/Surface
(14) 42nd                        14   14   14    1947  now 30
 14  Roosevelt                        B    B
 15  Girard                      15   15   15    Streetcar suspended 1992-2005
(16) North 19th-20th             16   --   --    1929  discontinued
 16  Broad                            C    C
 17  South 19th-20th             17   17   17    1957
 17  Navy Yard                   20   20   C     1957
(18) South 22nd-23rd             18   18   --    1953  discontinued
 18  Olney-Rising Sun                 S    S
(19) Luzerne-6th-7th             19   --   --    1929  discontinued
 19  Algon                       --   --   W
(20) 12th (sb)                   20   20   23    1992  now 23
(20) 13th (nb)                   20   20   --    1957  discontinued
(20) Navy Yard Shuttle           20   20   C     1957  now 17
 20  Roosevelt-Academy           --   --   20    New Bus Route
(21) North 17th-18th             21   21    2    1956  combined into 2
 21  Chestnut-Walnut                  D    D
(22) Easton (Doylestown)         22   22   55    1931  now 55
 22  Easton-York (Glenside)       6    6    6    1958
 23  Germantown                  23   23   23    1992  track/wire remains in place
 23  11th (nb)                   23   23   23    1992  track/wire remains in place
 23  12th (sb)                   20   20   23    1957  discontinued
(23) 10th (sb)                   23   23   --    1957  discontinued
(24) York-15th-16th              24   --   --    1929  discontinued
 24  Huntington Pike                  N    N
(25) Richmond-2nd-3rd            25   --   --    1930  discontinued
 25  Memphis-Cedar               --   25   25    1949
 25  Columbus                         Q    Q
 25  Aramingo                    --   --   --    New SEPTA Route
(26) Kensington-6th-7th          26   --   --    1922  discontinued
 26  Tabor-Olney                 55   26   26    1956
(27) Kensington-12th-13th        27   --   --    1922  discontinued
 27  Henry                       --   --   A
(28) North 2nd-3rd               28   --   --    1922  discontinued
 28  Rhawn                       --   --   T
 28  Cadwalader-11th             --   --   XA
 29  Tasker-Morris               29   29   29    1947  trolleybus to 2003
 30  Haverford                   30   30   30    1950
 30  42nd                        14   14   14    1947
 31  Market                      31   31   31    1956
 31  63rd                        41   41   31    1957
(32) 17th (sb)                   32   32    2    1957  now 2
(32) 18th (nb)                   32   32   --    1957  discontinued
 32  Henry                       --   --   A
 33  North 19th-20th             33   33   33    1955
 34  Baltimore                   34   34   34    Subway/Surface
(35) 52nd-Parkside               35   --   --    1929  discontinued
 35  Ridge                            Z    35
 36  Elmwood                     36   36   36    Subway/Surface
 37  Chester                     37   37   37    1955
 38  Mantua (Baring)             38   38   38    1955
 39  Dauphin-Susquehanna         39   39   39    1956
 40  Lombard-South               40   40   40    1956
(41) 63rd                        41   41   31    1957  now 31
 42  Spruce-Chestnut-Walnut      42   42   42    1956
 43  Spring Garden               43   43   43    1956
(44) Arch                        44   --   --    1929  discontinued
 44  Old Lancaster Road          --   --   44    New Bus Route
 44  Gladwyne                    --   --   44G
(45) Hog Island                  45   --   --    1925
 46  60th                        46   46   46    1957
(46) 58th                        46   46   G     1957  now G
 47  7th (nb)                    65   65   --    1953  discontinued/restored
 47  8th (sb)                    47   47   47    1969
 47  9th (nb)                    47   47   47    1969
 48  29th                        48   48   48    1956
(49) Glenside                    49    6    6    1958  now 22
(49) 48th                        --   --   49    New Bus Route now 64
(49) 49th                        70   70   49    1955  now 64
(50) 4th (sb)                    50   50   50    1980  now 57
(50) 5th (nb)                    50   50   50    1980  discontinued
 50  Ashton                      --   --   --    New SEPTA Route
(51) Columbia-8th-9th            51   --   --    1929  discontinued
(52) Chelten-Midvale             52   52   K     1956
 52  52nd                        70   70   52    1955
 52  54th                             G    52
 53  Wayne                       53   53   53    1986
 54  Lehigh                      54   54   54    1955
 55  Old York                    55   55   55    1952
 55  Easton                      22   22   55    1931
 56  Torresdale-Erie             56   56   56    1992  track/wire remains in place
(57) Jefferson-Master            57   57   57    1955  discontinued
 57  American                    57   57   57    1955
 57  2nd-Cheltenham              --   --   XO
 57  3rd (nb)                     5    5    5    1955
 57  4th (sb)                    50   50   50    1980
(58) Torresdale                  58   --   --    1929  discontinued
 58  Bustleton                   --   --   59b   New Bus Route
 59  Castor (Bustleton)          59   59   59    1950  trolleybus
 60  Allegheny                   60   60   60    1978
 61  Ridge (Manayunk)            61   61   61    1941  trolleybus to 1961
 62  Ridge Express               --   --   --    New SEPTA Route
(62) Chester Extension           62   62   13    Subway/Surface
(63) Catherine-Bainbridge        63   63   64    1955  replaced with Washington
(64) Federal-Wharton             64   64   64    1956  replaced with Washington
 64  Washington                  --   --   --          replaced Federal/Wharton
 64  48th                        --   --   49    New Bus Route
 64  49th                        70   70   49    1955
(65) 6th (sb)                    65   65   --    1953  discontinued
(65) 7th (nb)                    65   65   --    1953  discontinued/restored 47
 65  City Avenue                      E    E
 66  Frankford                   66   66   66    1955  trolleybus
(67) 33rd-36th-Zoo               67   --   --    1918  discontinued
 67  Veree                            W    W
(68) Point Breeze-12th-13th      68   --   --    1914  discontinued
 68  Penrose                          M    M
(69) 63rd                        69   69   --    1938  discontinued
(70) 52nd                        70   70   52    1955  now 52
(70) 49th                        70   70   49    1955  now 64
 70  Cottman                          Y    Y
 70  Oak Lane                         O    Y
(71) Darby-Media                 71   71         1938  to Red Arrow/discontinued
(72) Moores                      72   72         1938  to Red Arrow/discontinued
 73  Frankford-Bridesburg        73   73   73    1948
(74) Old York (Hatboro)          74   74    6    1931
(75) Olney                       75   26   26    1956  now 26
 75  Wyoming                     --   75   75    1948  trolleybus
(75) Margaret-Orthodox           75   75   J
(76) Darby-Chester               76   76   76    1935  to Red Arrow/now 113
(77) Chester-Media               77   77         1936  to Red Arrow/now 117
 77  Willow Grove-Glenside       --   --   X
(78) Lansdowne                   78   78   --    1947  discontinued
 79  Snyder                      79   79   79    1956  trolleybus to 2003
(80) Point Breeze                80   --   --    1921
(80) Oregon                      80   80   G     1923  trolleybus to 1960
 80  Olney/Horsham               --   --   --    New SEPTA Route
(81) Passyunk                    81   81   37    1955  now 37
(82) Chester-47th                82   --   --    1918  discontinued
(83) Island Rd.                  83   --   --    1918  discontinued
(84) Lancaster-Arch              84   --   --    1918  discontinued
 84  Southampton                 --   --   84
 84  State Road                       T    T
(85) Race-Arch                   85   --   --    1914  discontinued
(86) Glenside Short Line         86   --   --    1913  discontinued
 88  Welsh                       --   --   T
 88  Hawthorne-Rowland           --   --   88    New Bus Route
 89  Tioga                       --   --   89    New Bus Route
 89  G Street-Hunting Park       --   --   P
 89  Dauphin-Susquehanna          8    8    8    1956

Route   Route              Former Route Numbers   Streetcars Discontinued
Number  Name               Prior To  After  Map   Buses Introduced
                               1929  1929   1971

(A)  Roosevelt-Hunting Park           A    R           now R
(A)  Ridge-Henry                 --   --   A           now 9/27/32
(B)  Roosevelt                        B    B           now 14/16
(C)  Broad                            C    C           now 4
(D)  Chestnut-Walnut                  D    D           now 21
(E)  Walnut Lane                      E    E           now 65
(E)  City Avenue                 --   --   E           now 65
(F)  64th St.                         F    --          discontinued
(F)  Belmont-Parkside            --   --   F           discontinued
 G   56th-57th                        G    G
(G)  54th                             G    52          now 52
 G   58th                        46   46   G     1957
 G   Oregon                      80   80   80          trolleybus
 H   Greene-Mt. Pleasant              H    H
 XH  Greene-Washington Lane      --   --   HX
 J   Margaret-Orthodox           55   55   J           former streetcar segment
 J   Lindley                     --   --   J
 K   Midvale-Chelten             52   52   K     1956
 K   Adams                            K    K
 L   Stenton                          K    L
(M)  Penrose                          M    M           now 68
(N)  Huntington Pike                  N    N           now 24
(O)  Oak Lane                         O    Y           now 70
(P)  G Street-Hunting Park       --   --   P           now 89
(Q)  Columbus (Delaware)              Q    Q           now 25
 R   Hunting Park                     R    R
 R   Roosevelt                        A    R
(S)  Chew-Olney-Rising Sun            S    S           now 18
(T)  Tacony                           T    T           now 84
(T)  Rhawn                       --   --   T           now 28
(T)  Welsh                       --   --   T           now 88
(U)  Dicks                       --   --   U           now 108 (former Red Arrow)
(W)  Algon                       --   --   W           now 19
(W)  Veree                            W    W           now 67
(X)  Bethlehem-Germantown             X    L           now L
(X)  Willow Grove                --   --   X           now 77
(XA) Elkins Park                 --   --   XA          now 28
(XO) 2nd-Cheltenham              --   --   XO          now 57
(Y)  Cottman                          Y    Y           now 70
(Y)  Oak Lane                         O    Y           now 70
(Z)  Ridge                            Z    35          now 35

Route   Route              Former Route Numbers   Streetcars Discontinued
Number  Name               Prior To  After  Map   Buses Introduced
                               1929  1929   1971

In the central part of Philadelphia, numbered streets run north and south. (14th St. is instead Broad St.) And at one time, nearly all of those streets between 2nd St. and 23rd St. had streetcar routes. Although streets were generally one way. With lower numbers east of Broad St., odd numbers run north and even numbers run south. And with higher numbers west of Broad St., even numbers run north and odd numbers run south. In more recent years, certain routes were reconfigured to skip some of these streets.

Less historic information is available for those routes originally introduced as bus routes.


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