Advanced tips for how to get in and out of Center City during the SEPTApocalypse: Manayunk-Norristown Line

After two days of travel woes due to the Silverliner V crisis, some patterns have been established in terms of where the worst delays are, and how best to avoid them.  This series will be a listing of the best strategies to avoid the worst.

These will all assume an origin or destination in or beyond Center City Philadelphia. Directions will be for inbound travel, and will be reversible unless noted.  There will be some assumption made that money is available to exchange for time and/or comfort.

Norristown

Take the NHSL, take the NHSL, take the NHSL.  This is not hard.  Why are people still trying to take Regional Rail here whyyyyyyyyyy….

Conshohocken

Many options from here.  Take the train back one stop to Norristown for the NHSL.  Take the 95 bus to Gulph Mills for the NHSL, 124, or 125.  If you drive here, drive instead to Plymouth Meeting Mall for the 27 bus to Center City, or the L bus to Chestnut Hill.

Manayunk

Take the 61 bus.  You can stay on, or change to the 9/27/62/124/125 at Wissahickon, or change to a crosstown at 33rd/Dauphin Loop for the BSL, or change directly to the BSL at Fairmount.

Wissahickon

Another case of “you have such good options, why would you even try?”  The 9, 27, and 62 are Expressway buses; the 124 and 125 also take the Expressway but are premium-service routes, so have your Zone 2 Trailpass ready (and be kind about leaving seats in the outbound direction for those continuing on to King of Prussia).  All the buses other than the 9 and 27 stop at Wissahickon TC, a short walk down the hill from Wissahickon RR station.

East Falls

Give up, take the bus.  Best option if you can get there is to walk down to 33rd/Allegheny for the 60, but the 1 or R to Hunting Park Station BSL, or the 61 down Ridge, are also good choices, so choose depending on where in the neighborhood you are.

Allegheny

Please re-evaluate whether whatever reason you have for not taking the 33 or the 60 is really still applicable.

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2 thoughts on “Advanced tips for how to get in and out of Center City during the SEPTApocalypse: Manayunk-Norristown Line”

  1. There is an odd perception among most surburbanites that 69th Street is dank cesspool of crime and illicit activity. I’m sure most Main Line and Norristown denizens are aware of the NHSL as a viable alternative route to get into Center City and beyond, but their thinking is if it involves 69th, there must be something wrong with their whole life outlook.

    I mean, it’s not like when there was that major PGA Golf Tournament in Haverford a few years back, since most of them where going from one suburban point to another suburban point, but well…I dunno…herd mentality, maybe…?

    1. I’m wondering how doable it would be to close all inner stations at peak that would be bypassed anyway and explicitly direct commuters to take an NHSL stop located at such and such address. Find and lease as many parking lots as possible to accommodate the shift. Remove the NHSL surcharge. There is no point for SEPTA to continue trying to fit these people onto a packed train.

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