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SEPTA Overnight Service Begins



    SEPTA Overnight Service Begins
    A Broad Street Subway train arrives at the City Hall Station in Center City Philadelphia.

    No more scrambling for a ride after a weekend of drinking thanks to SEPTA's new 24-hour weekend service.

    SEPTA's overnight service officially began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning. The pilot program offers 24-hour subway service on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines. Subway trains will now replace Nite Owl buses on weekends and holidays.

    Trains will run every 20 minutes between midnight and 5 a.m. through the weekend. Cashiers will be stationed at the busiest stations overnight but won't be at all stops.

    To collect fares at unstaffed stops, the train operators will be accepting exact cash fares, tokens, passes and give out transfers. They will not, however, give out change.

    "...With all of the restaurants, increased late-night activity and people moving back into the city, we're excited to be able to provide this service that city, business leaders and customers have been asking for," said General Manager Joseph M. Casey.

    SEPTA says they will increase security overnight for the safety of passengers.

    The program will be evaluated throughout the summer to decide whether or not to keep the 24-hour weekend service. 

    Information on the pilot program is available here.