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Old 09-06-2008, 10:23 PM
 
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i recently went to philly, and i rode the broad street line and it was abolutely deserted. My dad and i were the only people on the train the whole time. Does anybpdy even ride the subway at all?
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Old 09-06-2008, 10:34 PM
 
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People use regional rails, but the subway only has like 2 lines and is pretty inconvenient, so no one ever uses it, no. They do use the bus and the trolley as well.
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Old 09-07-2008, 01:09 AM
 
Location: South Philly
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i recently went to philly, and i rode the broad street line and it was abolutely deserted. My dad and i were the only people on the train the whole time. Does anybpdy even ride the subway at all?
What day of the week was it? What time was it? Where did you get on? Where did you get off?

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Old 09-07-2008, 01:26 AM
 
Location: South Philly
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People use regional rails, but the subway only has like 2 lines and is pretty inconvenient, so no one ever uses it, no. They do use the bus and the trolley as well.
What?!?

All of the regional rail routes combined carry about 110,000 riders each weekday.

The Broad St. Subway carries about 120,000. (busier than the Brown Line in Chicago)

For the El it's 185,000. (which is the same as Boston's Red Line)

The trolleys are around 60,000. The suburban light rail lines are about 18,000. There's another 530,000 on the city buses. 50,000 on the suburban buses.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:42 AM
 
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i dont know the actual stops, but we got on near city hall and got off down by FDR park, where all the stadiums are.

i believe it was a monday, couldve been tuesday. The time was about noonish.

I know those are off peak times, but in boston the subway is busy at all times of the day regardless.
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:39 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I ride the Market-Frankford El everyday from 8th & Market to University City and believe me, PLENTY of people use it. In fact, it's often too crowded. At rush hour, I am lucky if I can find a seat and not have to stand.

Other than having to deal with some obnoxious passengers (eating on the train, yelling at their kids, pan handling), it's not that bad.
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Old 09-07-2008, 10:50 AM
 
Location: South Philly
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i dont know the actual stops, but we got on near city hall and got off down by FDR park, where all the stadiums are.

i believe it was a monday, couldve been tuesday. The time was about noonish.

I know those are off peak times, but in boston the subway is busy at all times of the day regardless.
FDR Park (Pattison Station) is the last stop on the train. On a southbound train around lunch time on a weekday not many people are going to be headed to South Philly. In the summer months SEPTA prints new timetables as ridership significantly when half the city relocates to Atlantic and Cape May counties. I'm sure the train was lightly peopled but I seriously doubt it was "empty". Perhaps you were in the last car? Most people get on and off in the middle cars.

That said, on southbound trains at that time of day most people get off at Spring Garden, Race/Vine, City Hall and Walnut/Locust. South St. is also a destination.

When you got on the train I'm sure you noticed people getting off - and when you got off the train at Pattison i'm sure you also noticed people getting off.

Anyway, I'm sure if you were going to the end of Boston's Blue Line at the same time of day (on a 6-car train) you'd find the experience much the same.
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Old 09-07-2008, 05:15 PM
 
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I agree with solibs that if you were getting off at Pattison mid-day and there were no games going on at the stadiums and arenas nearby, then you would be pretty lonesome. You would have had better luck finding company by taking virtually any other mass transit option. SEPTA is one of the most utilized, if expensive mass transit systems in the country.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:13 PM
 
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I used it a lot, but I also walked a lot weather permitting. Philadelphia is a great walking city.
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