Wednesday, August 24, 2005

SEPTA resumes 'Sports Express'

From the 'News You Can Use' division:

PHILADELPHIA (PRNewswire) -- SEPTA's Broad Street Line is ready to welcome football back to town with "Sports Express" service to the Philadelphia Eagles first preseason home game on Friday, Aug. 26.

The Eagles will kickoff the home portion of their preseason schedule with a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at 7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field.

Sports Express trains will leave Fern Rock Transportation Center every 10 minutes from 5:45 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. en route to the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.

Nearly 15,000 fans used the SEPTA Sports Express service during the Eagles two preseason home games last year and more than 69,000 used the Broad Street Line to travel to Lincoln Financial Field during the 2004 season.

SEPTA Broad Street Line Sports Express service originates from Fern Rock Transportation Center with trains stopping only at Olney Transportation Center, Erie, Girard, Race-Vine, City Hall and Walnut-Locust Stations en route to Pattison Station. The express trip from City Hall to the South Philadelphia Sports Complex takes only about eight minutes. It is a 27-minute ride from Fern Rock. Local Broad Street Line trains are also in service throughout the day.

SEPTA also will open the lower level platform at Pattison Station before and after the game allowing for easier travel into and out of the station. After the game fans will find trains standing by to provide express and local service back to Fern Rock.

For additional service information, call SEPTA Customer Service at (215)
580-7800 or access the SEPTA web site at http://www.septa.org.

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