This week, we'll be taking a look at one of SEPTA's trolley lines - the Route 11! Also known as the Woodland Avenue Subway, the Route 11 runs from 13th & Market in Center City to Darby Transportation Center in Darby. On a typical weekday, the Route 11 makes 244 trips and carries 12,952 riders. The Route 11’s one-way route distance is 7 miles.
Established on Christmas Eve of 1858, this route was established by West Philadelphia Passenger Railway Company. Originally, the trolley was pulled by horses from 9th and Main in Darby to Woodland in Philadelphia. In 1896, the line was extended east to Front Street via Chestnut and Walnut Streets. The Route 11 was integrated into the Subway-Surface Trolley system by the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company in 1906.
In addition to Center City, the Route 11 also travels through University City, servicing Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. The Route 11 connects with all Regional Rail Lines, the Market-Frankford Line, and 13 different bus routes at 30th Street Station. At its western terminus, Darby Transportation Center, the Route 11 connects with Bus Routes 113, 114, and 115 and Trolley Route 13.
And this week, you can take the Route 11 to so many great restaurants in the area for Philadelphia's Restaurant Week! From 1/12 thru 1/24, restaurants across Center City will offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person. In addition, many will also offer a three-course lunch for $20. So hop on board and start exploring!