Pros and Cons of the Chester Transportation Center

August 9, 2023

Pros: The south busway is gorgeous, and there's a lot of covered space up here. I also like that the exit to the open busway is in a sheltered part of the station, as opposed to just running out into the cold. And the inbound elevator is nice and clean (unlike the one at 30th Street, which has urine on the floor). Cons: The outbound platform is really, really far from the station's entrance, so it's a long walk up or down. And, while the northern busway is lovely, it feels a bit neglected in comparison to the southern one. I also don't really understand why the waiting room is closed during off-peak hours; SEPTA probably can't afford to keep someone here to staff it, but there are other places where it makes sense, namely at stations that get a lot of use.

Getting there:

The best way to get to the Chester Transportation Center is to take a train on the Wilmington/Newark Line from Temple University Stadium or Suburban Station and stop at 6th & Welsh Street. From there, a free shuttle runs every 20 minutes to Subaru Park for Philadelphia Union matches; service begins four hours before game time. Tickets can be purchased at a SEPTA fare kiosk or onboard the train.

SEPTA's Route 37 bus serves a number of stops near the Chester Transportation Center, including Broad St & Snyder Av / Mbns in South Philadelphia and Exton Square Mall. Krapf Route A buses from Downingtown and Coatesville also stop at the station, connecting to SEPTA's Route 92 at both the West Chester Transportation Center and Exton Regional Rail Station.


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