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New SEPTA upgrades make Saturday train later, morning commutes faster

“These off-peak train service improvements can be life-changing for many people who work non-traditional schedules," said Mayor Mike Purzycki.

The good old R2, now the Wilmington/Newark line.

(Photo by Flickr user Derek Yu, used under a Creative Commons license)

If you use the SEPTA Wilmington/Newark line to work or hang out in Philly on Saturdays, your curfew just got a little bit later.
Starting this Saturday, you can stay for two almost hours more, with the last Wilmington/Newark line leaving 30th Street Station at 10:32 p.m. and arriving in Wilmington at 11:17 (sorry, Newarkers, the line still ends in Wilmington on Saturdays).
For weekday commuters, there are two new morning trains: One at 9:50, and an express that leaves Wilmington at 9:23 a.m. and arrives at 30th Street Station at 10:08 a.m., shaving off six minutes of travel time by skipping five of the line’s regular stops.
In a statement, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki praised the SEPTA update.

Better train connectivity is something our residents want, our small and big businesses want, and our visitors want. Improving train service in Wilmington broadens access to opportunity for residents while potentially saving riders hours each day on their commutes and thousands of dollars each year in transportation costs.

Regarding the rare Wilmington/Newark Saturday update, David Curtis, Innovation Specialist for the Mayor’s Office, says it will have a significant impact that goes far beyond allowing people to stay out later. “It will help even out Wilmington’s lopsided economy — primarily for service sector jobs that don’t require college degrees — and improve access for unemployed and underemployed Wilmington residents to Philly jobs with non-traditional work schedules.” Curtis has long pushed for extended SEPTA service in Delaware.
Click here to see the full current schedule (PDF).

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