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Route 11, also known as the Woodland Avenue Line, is a trolley line operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) that connects the 13th Street station in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Darby Transportation Center in Darby, Pennsylvania. It is one of five lines that are part of the Subway-Surface Trolley system.

Route 11
Subway–Surface Trolley Line
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SEPTA's Route #11 line bound for Darby.
Overview
SystemSubway-Surface Trolley Lines
TerminiDarby (Transportation Center)
Center City (13th–Market)
Stations8 underground
Operation
Opened1858
Depot(s)Elmwood Carhouse
Technical
Line length13.3 mi (21.4 km)[citation needed]
Track gauge5 ft 2 14 in (1,581 mm)[1]
Electrificationoverhead lines
Route map

13th Street–Market SEPTA Subway-Surface trolley lines
Suburban
Station
SEPTA Regional Rail15th Street SEPTA Subway-Surface trolley lines
30th Street
Main Linesubway
SEPTA Subway-Surface trolley linesSEPTA Regional RailAmtrakNJ Transit
Northeast & Keystone Corridors
to points north and west
32nd Street Tunnel
to Airport,Newark,Elwyn
33rd Street
 10  36th Street
36th Street
37th Street
40th Street Portal
 34  Baltimore Avenue
Chester & Woodland
 13  Chester Avenue
Woodland & 41st
Woodland & 42nd
Woodland & 43rd
Woodland & 45th
Woodland & 46th
Woodland & 47th
Woodland & 48th
Woodland & 49th
 36  49th Street
Woodland & 50th
Woodland & 51st
Woodland & 52nd
Woodland & 53rd
Woodland & 54th
Woodland & 55th
Woodland & 56th
Woodland & 57th
Woodland & 58th
Woodland & 60th
Woodland & 61st
Woodland & 62nd
Woodland & 63rd
Woodland & 64th
Woodland & 65th
Woodland & 66th
Woodland & 67th
Woodland & 68th
Woodland & 69th
Woodland & 70th
Woodland & 71st
Woodland & 72nd
Woodland & Island
Main & Front
Main & 2nd
Main & 3rd
Main & 4th
Main & 5th
Main & 6th
Main & Summit
 13 
Main & Mill
Main & Powell
Darby
Transportation Center

Contents

Route descriptionEdit

Starting from its eastern end at 13th Street, Route 11 runs in a tunnel under Market Street. It stops at underground stations at 15th Street, 19th Street, 22nd Street, 30th Street, and 33rd Street. From 15th to 30th Streets, it runs on the outer tracks in the same tunnel as SEPTA's Market–Frankford Line.

Passengers may transfer free of charge to the Market–Frankford Line at 13th, 15th, and 30th Streets and to the Broad Street Line at 15th Street. Connections to the SEPTA Regional Rail are also available. Underground passageways connect the 13th and 15th Street Stations to Jefferson Station and Suburban Station.

Route 11 surfaces at the 40th Street Portal near 40th Street and Baltimore Avenue (US 13), and then runs southwest along Woodland Avenue, along with Route 36 trolleys, and then turns down 49th Street where the Route 10 diversion line ends. Route 11 continues its run along Woodland Avenue, and is the most consistent of the five Subway-Surface Lines when it comes to taking a straight route. The line runs parallel to the north side of the Wilmington/Newark Line and crosses a bridge over CSX's Philadelphia Subdivision freight line, at 60th Street.

At the intersection of Island Road and the Cobbs Creek Parkway, an unnamed line runs southward toward Elmwood Depot on the corner of Elmwood Avenue, which is a major turning point for the Route 36 line. The northwest corner is also the home of the historic Blue Bell Inn[2] Route 11 moves northwest from Woodland Avenue to Main Street as it crosses the Cobbs Creek and enters Darby. Here, Route 11 crosses the Philadelphia Subdivision again, but at an at-grade crossing along with 6th Street.[3] The road and line move to the west shortly, only to turn back northwest and finally north to 9th Street at the Darby Transportation Center. Some Route 13 trolleys also terminate at the station, but the other public transportation consists of SEPTA Suburban Transit Division buses.

HistoryEdit

Route 11 was established as the West Philadelphia Passenger Railway Company in Darby on December 24, 1858, and ran as horsecars from 9th and Main Streets in Darby to 49th Street and Woodland Avenue in West Philadelphia. It was originally a segregated street car that required African-Americans to ride on platforms along with the driver, until abolitionist William Still challenged that rule between 1859 and 1867.[4] In 1896, the line was extended as far east as Front Street via Chestnut and Walnut Streets, and was integrated into the Subway-Surface Trolley system by the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company in 1906.[5]

The at-grade crossing along Main Street at the intersection of Sixth Street in Darby[6] was the site of the Darby Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station. B&O had passenger service into Philadelphia until 1958.[7]

StationsEdit

All stations are in the City of Philadelphia and Borough of Darby.

Neighborhood/

location

Images Station or stop Connections Notes
Market East   13th Street   Market–Frankford Line
  SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 13, 34, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 27, 31, 32
Station closed between 12:30-5:00am
Penn Center   15th Street   Regional Rail (at Suburban Station)
  Market–Frankford Line
  Broad Street Line (at City Hall station)
  SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 13, 34, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 4, 16, 17, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 48
  SEPTA Suburban Bus: 124, 125
Eastern terminus between 12:30-5:00am
  19th Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 13, 34, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 17, 31, 38, 44, 48, 62, 78
  SEPTA Suburban Bus: 124
Center City West   22nd Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 13, 34, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 7, 31, 44, 62
  SEPTA Suburban Bus: 124, 125
Replaces former 24th Street station served by 31, 37, 38
University City   30th Street   Amtrak, NJ Transit, Regional Rail (at 30th Street Station)
  Market–Frankford Line
  SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 13, 34, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 31, 49, LUCY
Direct passageway to 30th Street Station is closed
  33rd Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 10, 13, 34, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 30, 31, 49, LUCY
Serves Drexel University


  36th Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 13, 34, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 21
Serves University of Pennsylvania
  37th Street   SEPTA Trolleys: 13, 34, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 40, 42, LUCY
Serves University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Spruce Hill   40th Street Portal   SEPTA Trolleys: 13, 34, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 30, 40, 42, LUCY
Terminus of Route 34 concurrency
Chester & Woodland   SEPTA Trolleys: 13, 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 30
Terminus of Route 13 concurrency
41st & Woodland (eastbound)   SEPTA Trolleys: 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 30
42nd & Woodland   SEPTA Trolleys: 36
43rd & Woodland (westbound)
45th & Woodland (eastbound)
  SEPTA Trolleys: 36
Squirrel Hill 46th & Woodland   SEPTA Trolleys: 36
47th & Woodland (eastbound)   SEPTA Trolleys: 36
Kingsessing 48th & Woodland   SEPTA Trolleys: 36
  49th & Woodland   SEPTA Trolleys: 36
  SEPTA City Bus: 12, 52, 64
Terminus of Route 36 concurrency
50th & Woodland   SEPTA City Bus: 12, 52
51st & Woodland   SEPTA City Bus: 52
52nd & Woodland   SEPTA City Bus: 52
53rd & Woodland   SEPTA City Bus: 52
54th & Woodland
55th & Woodland
56th & Woodland
57th & Woodland
58th & Woodland   SEPTA City Bus: G
Elmwood 60th & Woodland
61st & Woodland
  62nd & Woodland   SEPTA City Bus: G
63rd & Woodland
64th & Woodland
65th & Woodland   SEPTA Suburban Bus: 108
66th & Woodland
67th & Woodland
68th & Woodland
69th & Woodland
70th & Woodland
71st & Woodland
72nd & Woodland
Island & Woodland   SEPTA City Bus: 68
Philadelphia–Darby city/borough line
Darby Front & Main
2nd & Main
3rd & Main
4th & Main
5th & Main
6th & Main
Summit & Main
Mill & Main (Eastbound)
Powell & Main (Westbound)
  Darby Transportation Center   SEPTA Trolleys: 13
  SEPTA Suburban Bus: 113, 114, 115
Limited Route 13 service at this station

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hilton, George W.; Due, John Fitzgerald (1 Jan 2000). "The Electric Interurban Railways in America". Stanford University Press. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
  2. ^ Blue Bell Inn (DarbyHistory.com)
  3. ^ Philadelphia Transit; Streetcars;Route 11 (Kavanaugh Transit Systems)
  4. ^ William Still, Darby, and the Desegregation of Philadelphia Streetcars (DarbyHistory.com)
  5. ^ 1974 SEPTA Trolleys Brochure
  6. ^ Google view of the crossing in Darby
  7. ^ Former Darby B&O Station (Existing Railroad Stations in Delaware County, Pennsylvania)

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