This week we’re exploring 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, with ten stations along the way.
The Route 11 was established on December 24, 1858, by the West Philadelphia Passenger Railway Company. This route originally ran horsecars from 9th & Main in Darby to 49th & Woodland in West 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.
On Saturday, 12/15, take the Route 11 to 40th Street Portal and get into the holiday spirit with SEPTA, the University City Arts League, and Trolley Car Station! From 10a to 5p, kids ages 4-16 can ride for free (with paying adult) on a holiday trolley from 40th Street to Dilworth Park. The trolley will depart approximately every 30 minutes. SEPTA will also bring the first place and people's choice winners of their Holiday Bus Decoration contest to Trolley Portal Gardens for visitors to explore and snap pictures with. Trolley Car Station will offer $1 hot chocolates or $5 spiked hot chocolates (21+) plus grab-and-go treats. Want to get crafty? From 2p to 4p, the University City Arts League will help you make your own painted coasters, a fun (and free!) project for all ages and skill levels. Make sure to check out this Perk for Trolley Car Station at the Portal before you!