Philadelphia Pennsylvania - South Jersey Metropolitan Area Fast Facts
Getting Around the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - South Jersey Metropolitan Area
The Philadelphia-South Jersey metropolitan area is lucky to have an excellent system of highways which service the entire area.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76 and I-276) runs east/west across the northern portion of the rarea. It connects directly with the New Jersey Turnpike just north of the city. The Pennsylvania Turnpike also has a Northeast Extension (I-476) which connects with the Turnpike at Plymouth Meeting. South of Plymouth Meeting this I-476 is known as the Blue Route. This highway runs south until it connects with I-95 near Chester, just south of the city and near the Philadelphia International Airport.
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Two principal highways run into the City of Philadelphia. I-95 runs along the entire eastern border of Pennsylvania along the Delaware River and eventually crosses into New Jersey just north of Trenton, NJ. There are numerous exits from I-95 in the City of Philadelphia including several which service the Center City area.
Residents or visitors who are heading for the Sports Complex in South Philadelphia will want to take I-95 from the north or south and exit at the Broad Street exit.
The second principal highway which runs into the City of Philadelphia is I-76 or the Schuylkill Expressway. The Expressway runs from King of Prussia south along the Schuylkill River to South Philadelphia where it connects with the Walt Whitman Bridge into New Jersey. From the Schuylkill Expressway, you can exit in Center City onto the Vine Street Expressway (I-676) which links the Schuylkill Expressway and I-95.
In the City of Philadelphia, Broad Street (PA-611) runs north/south through the entire city and Market Street runs east/west across the center of the city from West Philadelphia to the Delaware River. Broad Street intersects with Market Street in Center City at Philadelphia City Hall.
In New Jersey, the principal highways in addition to the New Jersey Turnpike, are I-495 which runs almost parallel with the New Jersey Turnpike but provides much more local access. Other principal highways include NJ-42 known as the 42 Freeway which runs from the Walt Whitman Bridge southeast towards the New Jersey Shore. NJ-38 runs northeast from the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and connects with two major east/west highways, NJ-70 and NJ-73.
The principal public transportation systems in the region are SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority), New Jersey Transit and PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation).
SEPTA operates over 110 bus routes throughout the Pennsylvania metropolitan area. Chances are wherever you are in Pennsylvania within the region. there is a SEPTA bus route within walking distance. SEPTA also operates eight trolley routes, two subway lines (the Broad Street and Market Street subways) as well as the regions regional thirteen regional rail lines.
New Jersey Transit operates bus, light rail and train lines, several of which run into Philadelphia. They also provide an extensive system of local public transportation for the South Jersey area.
PATCO is owned and operated by the Delaware River Port Authority. It operates the PATCO Speedline which links many of the towns in South Jersey to Philadelphia. Seven days a week and around the clock, the Speedline offers a fast, comfortable, and reliable alternative to traffic congestion, high parking rates, and the aggravation of driving. It's the best way of traveling to Center City Philadelphia and the Delaware River waterfront from South Jersey.
Like any large city and metropolitan area, there are numerous cab and limousine companies which serve the region. Despite regulation, you will find that prices do vary as does the quality of the vehicle and driver. Phone numbers for local cab companies or limousine services are available in all phone books or can be obtained by the Bellman or Concierge at all local hotels.