Some Key Philly Transit Terms and Abbreviations:
- BSL – Broad Street Subway Line, also called the “Orange Line.” Runs under Broad Street.
- Fare Zone – The city is one fare zone. Beyond city limits, fares increase by “zone.” The farther you travel beyond city limits, the more zones you pass through and the more you pay.
- DayPass – A certificate that, when presented to a driver or cashier, is converted to a pass that allows you to ride SEPTA all over until 2 AM the next day. Not good on New Jersey Transit or PATCO. Good for one Regional Rail trip only.
- MFL – Market-Frankford Line, also called the “Blue Line.” Runs under Market Street, Center City to 40th & Market; runs above the street west of 40th to 69th Street Terminal, and north of Market to the Frankford Terminal.
- Subway Surface – Also called the “Green Line.” Trolley system in a subway under west Market Street and University City. The trolley cars run on the street west of University City.
- NJT – New Jersey Transit, a statewide public transit provider. NJT buses on Market Street connect Center City with South Jersey ’burbs, while NJT buses from the 10th & Filbert bus terminal serve more distant points, including the Shore.
- PATCO – Provides “Speedliner” trains, via the Locust/8th Sts. subway and Ben Franklin Bridge, to Lindenwold via Camden, Collingswood, Haddonfield.
- Token – Metal “coin” sold by SEPTA and other vendors that equals one regular cash fare, but costs less.
- Transpass – An electronic fare card issued by week or month that allows unlimited rides in the city and one zone beyond – swipe it at the farebox when you board a bus or trolley, or go through a turnstile, or show it to the trainman on Regional Rail. Weekends and holidays, a transpass covers the entire 5-county SEPTA system without any zone charge.