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Old 03-20-2009, 07:33 PM
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Thank you so much for your information. I think that is what we will do. You have been very helpful.
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Old 03-21-2009, 05:46 AM
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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This was already discussed above, but I just wanted to clarify and try to simplify a few points:

Chicago RTA = Regional Transportation Authority (includes CTA, Metra, and Pace)

*SEPTA (Philadelphia) = CTA + Metra + Pace (Chicago)
*SEPTA Regional Rail = Metra (as was noted above)

SEPTA's heavy and light rail lines plus bus routes (all locations) are equivalent to the CTA (Chicago "L" and city bus routes) + Pace (suburban bus routes).

In addition to the above, after you take the SEPTA R3 from Media to 30th Street Station (essentially equivalent to Chicago Union Station), if you take the SEPTA R7 and NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line to New York via Trenton, you will probably need to switch platforms at 30th Street Station. The SEPTA R7 train to Trenton will exit the station in the same direction (west) as the SEPTA R3 train from Media entered the station. By contrast, if you use Amtrak to travel between Philadelphia and New York, you'll need to exit the Regional Rail concourse (located at the north end of 30th Street Station) and go down to the main concourse that serves Amtrak trains, located in the center of the building. The main concourse has a very large, open waiting area with large, wooden, pew-like benches.

As far as Amtrak discounts, Amtrak's magazine (Arrive) always has discounts for Northeast Corridor travel listed near the back of the magazine, though they may not have codes currently for New York travel. Usually these codes allow a single traveler to get a 20% discount or one traveler in a pair to get a 40% or 50% discount (i.e. buy 1 ticket, get 1 ticket 40% off). Also, if you are a member of AAA (motor club) you can get a 10% discount if you purchase your tickets 3 or more days in advance, if your daughter is a student she can get a Student Advantage Card that provides 15% discounts if you purchase tickets 3 or more days in advance, and if you are 62 years old or older you can get a 15% discount when purchasing tickets when you show a valid ID.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:45 AM
Location: S.E. Pa
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Here in the Philly area the trains and busses are all run by SEPTA. Once you get over to Jersey it is the same except it is NJTransit. You are very safe on the trains between Philly and NY. The only area that can be any concern is in Trenton. As long as you stay in the station in Trenton you are fine. Enjoy your trip.
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