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Route of the Week - Route 17

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This week, we’ll be exploring the Route 17! This route goes back and forth between two iconic spots in Philadelphia: Penn’s Landing and Broad and Pattison. The Route 17 is one of our Night Owl buses, meaning it runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's also one of our 15-15-5 routes, meaning it runs every 15 minutes for 15 hours a day, 5 days a week. Want to know if a route is one of our Night Owl's like the 17? Just check the schedule to see if there is an owl image on the cover.

On a typical weekday the Route 17 makes a total of 252 trips and carries 11,108 customers, making it the 19th busiest bus route in all of SEPTA.

This route also takes you through Point Breeze and the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, travelling up 20th Street. If you’re coming south on the 17th you’ll go down 19th and around Rittenhouse Square.

On weekdays service on the Route 17 terminates at Broad & Pattison, while The Navy Yard shuttle replaces it from that point to the Navy Yard. On Weekends and holidays the Route 17 continues operations to and from the Navy Yard via The Navy Yard shuttles route.

Until  December of 1957 the 17 was a streetcar route.

Because of the breadth of this route, it’s a great option for your travels this week during Restaurant Week. From now 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 whether you’re catching a game at the sports complex, going skating at Penn’s Landing (psst, you’ve got a Perk!) or heading to dinner, hop Route 17 to get there!

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