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The 2019 Broad Street Run (and Your SEPTA Guide to Getting There)


From Starting Line to Finish Line, and Every Stop in Between

Runners, on your mark! The 40th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run returns to Philadelphia Sunday, May 5, 2019!! And SEPTA not only has your ride to the start covered - we also have your race playlist!

How are you getting to the starting line? 

Come chat with us about your road to the race at our booth at the Broad Street Run Health & Wellness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. While you're here, you can pick up your SEPTA Broad Street Line wristband - it has a zipper!! Look for it in your virtual race bag!

Service on Race Day

The 40th Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run returns to Philadelphia Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 8:00a. SEPTA will once again offer every registered competitor a free ride on the Broad Street Line (see details below) to the starting line at Broad Street and West Fisher Avenue, located between Olney Transportation Center and Logan Stations.

The 10-mile course travels southbound on Broad Street and ends at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in South Philadelphia.

Please check this page regularly for updated service information

Service on the Broad Street Line

  • Participants in the Blue Cross Broad Street Run may ride the Broad Street Line to the starting line [and back to the start or home] for free

  • Participants must display their official competitor's race bib number to a SEPTA cashier to gain entry

  • Express Broad Street Line Trains will operate every 10 minutes prior to the race, departing NRG Station beginning at 4:10a, with stops at Olney Transportation Center and Fern Rock Transportation Center. Local trains will run in between Express trains making stops at all Broad Street Line Stations.

  • The Blue Cross Broad Street Run has several popular places for spectators to view the race, which can be reached via the Broad Street Line

Early Morning Regional Rail Service

SEPTA Regional Rail Lines offer service to Center City for spectators and race participants.

  • Race participants can take advantage of early morning service on the Glenside Combined Line and transfer to the Broad Street Line

  • Early morning train service from Glenside and Jenkintown will connect runners to the Broad Street Line at Fern Rock Transportation Center. Take the Broad Street line one (1) stop to Olney Transportation Center, where signs will direct you to the starting line area. Other Lines can get you there too, but service is not as frequent and you could be cutting it close. Click here to view those schedules.

  • Race spectators can find Regional Rail schedule information here or use Trip Planner for all service to and from the race

  • Customers may purchase an Independence Pass from the Train Conductor for travel to/from the Race on Regional Rail. Learn more about fares here.

  • At the end of the Race, riders should take the Broad Street Line to City Hall Station where they can connect to Suburban Station and Regional Rail service.

No Bib? No worry.

You can still hop the Broad Street Line to cheer on your friends, family and coworkers! One way cash fare on the Broad Street Line is $2.50. You must have exact change if paying the cashier. The cashier cannot make change. Quick Trips are available from the Fare Kiosks located at NRG Station as well as at all other Stations on the Broad Street Line. The kiosks accept credit/debit cards and cash [no exact change needed!]. Note, a Quick Trip is a one-way ticket, good for 24 hours. You can purchase more than one. We still accept tokens (if you have them) and your TrailPass, TransPass, One Day Independence Pass and One Day Convenience Pass will also get you on the system.

Another option is a SEPTA Key Card. Like a Quick Trip, it is also available from the Fare Kiosks but unlike a Quick Trip, it is reloadable and reusable - and it will cost you $4.95 to get one. The SEPTA Key Travel Wallet allows you to pay as you go and you'll receive a discount for each ride ($2 versus the $2.50 cash fare). It's just like using a token without all that heavy metal in your pocket or purse, and it's certainly much better than paying with cash. You must load a minimum of $5 [which will get you 2 rides]. Funds in your Travel Wallet can only be used to pay for one (1) person. It cannot be tapped multiple times to pay for anyone traveling with you.  

Best part – your SEPTA Key gets you more than just a ride. Flash it for discounts on food, drink, museums, sports, shops and more. Click here for a full list of Partners.

And don’t forget the most obvious Perk – riding SEPTA is flat-out convenient.

Event Day Tips & Information

  • Blue Cross Broad Street Run participants and fans are encouraged to check System Status for real-time service information across the SEPTA system

  • Race details, tips, and security information are available on the official Blue Cross Broad Street Run website

  • Status of service across the SEPTA system is available on Twitter. Find your Route on the Customized Twitter Service Feeds section of this website

Coming from Out of Town?

SEPTA's Airport Line is the best way to Center City from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)!  You can purchase a Quick Trip using cash, credit or debit from the SEPTA Key Fare Kiosks located at each Airport Line Terminal Stop. A Quick Trip is valid for one-way travel between PHL and Center City Philadelphia via SEPTA's Airport Line. A Quick Trip costs $6.75. Short on time? You can pay $8 cash onboard the train.

For your return trip to the airport, you can purchase your return ticket from any SEPTA Sales Office. The cost is $6.75. Sales Offices accept cash, debit and credit. Or if you're tight on time, you can pay $8 cash onboard the train.

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