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Old 09-21-2018, 08:12 AM
 
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I been trying to get my family to explore these area but it hasn't happened yet

Chestnut hill
Fishtown
Fairmount
Northeast


When we go out its normally

New Jersey
Springfield PA
Delaware
South philly
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:50 PM
 
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Maybe we should refer to Will Smith's 'Parents Just Don't Understand' from 1988

"It was me, my brother, my mom, oh, my pop, and my little sister
All hopped in the car
We headed downtown to the Gallery Mall"
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Old 09-25-2018, 08:29 AM
 
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We try to explore the city and surrounds as we are empty nesters and enjoy dining out so exploring areas via new restaurants is our thing. Also, my husband has lived and worked in many neighborhoods and he is like a human gps for navigating the city. We go to Chestnut Hill often for specialty food shopping and walks in fairmount park; we travel to South Philly, Fishtown and New Hope, Atlantic City/Margate, and Center City for dining. We occasionally travel into Center City for events such as Philly Pops, theatre, ballet, Temple or Lincoln Financial Field for football games and sometimes for walking along Penn's Landing. The major deterrent for us is traffic and parking and we avoid taking the train at night so that is limiting.

I subscribe to phillyfunguide and it's a helpful way to keep abreast of happenings in the city and suburbs and sometimes provides the push to check things out.
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:05 AM
 
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We try to explore the city and surrounds as we are empty nesters and enjoy dining out so exploring areas via new restaurants is our thing. Also, my husband has lived and worked in many neighborhoods and he is like a human gps for navigating the city. We go to Chestnut Hill often for specialty food shopping and walks in fairmount park; we travel to South Philly, Fishtown and New Hope, Atlantic City/Margate, and Center City for dining. We occasionally travel into Center City for events such as Philly Pops, theatre, ballet, Temple or Lincoln Financial Field for football games and sometimes for walking along Penn's Landing. The major deterrent for us is traffic and parking and we avoid taking the train at night so that is limiting.

I subscribe to phillyfunguide and it's a helpful way to keep abreast of happenings in the city and suburbs and sometimes provides the push to check things out.
Great choices. However can I ask why do you feel it necessary to avoid taking the train at night?

My sister, who is 75, takes the Media/Elwyn to Secane three afternoons/evenings a week for a part time job. She gets home(W. Philly) late at around 10pm. She's been doing this for a couple of years and hasn't had any problems that I'm aware of. She does not drive anymore so she uses septa a lot since it's free.
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:43 AM
 
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The train stations tend to be desolate at night and the train schedule is generally hourly (particularly at on weekends) so its an inconvenience if a show ends at 10:00 pm and the next train isn't for another 45 minutes or an hour so we have time to kill. I might do it for a job but it becomes a factor when deciding if it's worth going into center city for a show. There's also about a 10-15 minute walk to train and then drive home from train station so if you just miss a train (like I did a week ago), I had to wait close to an hour and then drive home from train station.

However, I just learned that the SEPTA train will be free for seniors (over 65) so free fare may other come these factors.
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Old 09-25-2018, 01:04 PM
 
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The train stations tend to be desolate at night and the train schedule is generally hourly (particularly at on weekends) so its an inconvenience if a show ends at 10:00 pm and the next train isn't for another 45 minutes or an hour so we have time to kill. I might do it for a job but it becomes a factor when deciding if it's worth going into center city for a show. There's also about a 10-15 minute walk to train and then drive home from train station so if you just miss a train (like I did a week ago), I had to wait close to an hour and then drive home from train station.

However, I just learned that the SEPTA train will be free for seniors (over 65) so free fare may other come these factors.
Ah, okay. That makes sense. Yes, Septa regional rail is now free for seniors with Septa Key Senior Transit Photo ID cards.
You can no longer use any other form of senior ID like Medicare cards to ride free. To get a Senior Key card you can get one at either Septa Hq(1234 Market St) 8am-6pm or Suburban Station's Accessible Travel Ctr 8am-4pm. Those hours are probably weekdays and you will need to bring ID with you to apply. I think there may be same day service to get them now. I got mine mailed to me.
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Old 09-25-2018, 02:28 PM
 
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Ah, okay. That makes sense. Yes, Septa regional rail is now free for seniors with Septa Key Senior Transit Photo ID cards.
You can no longer use any other form of senior ID like Medicare cards to ride free. To get a Senior Key card you can get one at either Septa Hq(1234 Market St) 8am-6pm or Suburban Station's Accessible Travel Ctr 8am-4pm. Those hours are probably weekdays and you will need to bring ID with you to apply. I think there may be same day service to get them now. I got mine mailed to me.
They give them to you right on the spot. No waiting at all.
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:07 PM
 
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Do you have to be a PA or Philly senior resident for the free SEPTA rides?
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Old 09-25-2018, 04:22 PM
 
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Great choices. However can I ask why do you feel it necessary to avoid taking the train at night?

My sister, who is 75, takes the Media/Elwyn to Secane three afternoons/evenings a week for a part time job. She gets home(W. Philly) late at around 10pm. She's been doing this for a couple of years and hasn't had any problems that I'm aware of. She does not drive anymore so she uses septa a lot since it's free.
but that doesn't mean nothing will happen. no 75 year old woman should be on train at night
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Old 09-25-2018, 05:04 PM
 
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Ah, okay. That makes sense. Yes, Septa regional rail is now free for seniors with Septa Key Senior Transit Photo ID cards.
You can no longer use any other form of senior ID like Medicare cards to ride free. To get a Senior Key card you can get one at either Septa Hq(1234 Market St) 8am-6pm or Suburban Station's Accessible Travel Ctr 8am-4pm. Those hours are probably weekdays and you will need to bring ID with you to apply. I think there may be same day service to get them now. I got mine mailed to me.

Yea, I am pretty certain my parents got them the same day the photo was taken. Not 100% sure though.
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