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November 20, 2015

SEPTA announces route changes for Philly marathon

Buses, Route 15 trolley affected

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This image shows a SEPTA train.

SEPTA has announced that there will be more than 30 route changes for Sunday, Nov. 22, due to the Philadelphia Marathon and Half Marathon. 

According to SEPTA, more than 30 bus routes and the Route 15 trolley will operate with detours and, in order to avoid delays, SEPTA encouraged riders to use rail transportation, specifically the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines. 

Detours begin at 2 a.m. Sunday, when bus routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 and 48 will begin detour routings around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area due to race preparations. 

These routes will remain on detour until race events conclude, SEPTA said. 

Then, as the start of the race approaches, at 6 a.m., bus routes 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 16, 17, 21, 23, 25, 27, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 38, 40, 42, 43, 47, 47M, 48, 57, 61, 64, 65, 124 and 125 will begin detour routings, which will remain in effect until race events conclude, which SEPTA expects to happen at around 10:30 a.m. 

Starting at 6 a.m., SEPTA will replace service on the Route 15 trolley with two different bus routes, one for West Philadelphia and one for the North Philadelphia/Fishtown portion of the route. 

And, SEPTA said, no service will operate between 40th and 29th streets. 

Customers who need to connect between both portions of the route can connect via the Market-Frankford Line at the Girard and 40th Street stations, SEPTA said in a release. 

If there is any confusion, SEPTA has prepared a travel guide for affected riders. It's available here

Also, for anyone heading to Sunday’s 1 p.m. Eagles game, there will be a Sports Express Train running on the Broad Street Line. 

In a release, SEPTA said there will be 10 additional trains departing from Fern Rock Transportation Center beginning at 10:10 a.m. 

These trains will only make express station stops until riders arrive at AT&T Station to head into the game at Lincoln Financial Field. 

SEPTA's release on Friday also noted that riders will be able to transfer to the Broad Street Line at Fern Rock and Suburban stations and that parking at all SEPTA-owned Regional Rail lots is free on weekends. 

During the weekend, riders can follow @SEPTA on Twitter for real-time service information, and customer service agents will be available throughout the weekend via phone at (215) 580-7800 and on Twitter at @septa_social.