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February 08, 2018

What you need to know about the Eagles' Super Bowl parade

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Stock_Carroll - SEPTA Regional Rail Train at Jefferson Station Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

A SEPTA Regional Rail train at Jefferson Station.

Well, the game is over, and out Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions.

And other than the years of bragging ahead about our team winning one of the most exciting football games of all time, there's that little matter of an official celebration.


RELATED STORY: City releases full plan for Eagles championship parade

Here's what we know right now about Thursday's parade to honor our Super Bowl champions:

DAY AND TIME

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday and run till 3 p.m. A formal program is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at the Art Museum. Video screens will be set up along the parade route so fans can watch the festivities.

THE ROUTE

The parade will kick off from Broad Street and Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia, traveling northbound on Broad Street to South Penn Square, westbound on South Penn Square to 15th Street, northbound on 15th Street to JFK Blvd., westbound on JFK Blvd. to 16th Street, northbound on 16th Street to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and westbound on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Eakins Oval, terminating at Philadelphia Museum of Art apron. See map below and zoom in to see the specific turns and streets it will follow.

WEATHER

Mostly sunny skies, with a high near 35, according to the National Weather Service. Wind chills will be significant lower – 23 to 25 degrees – thanks to a northwest wind between 10-15 miles per hour and gusts up to 20 mph.

SEPTA & PATCO

SUBWAYS AND EL
Independence Blue Cross will provide free rides on the Broad Street subway and Market-Frankford lines all day, SEPTA announced. (Regular fares apply for all other SEPTA services.) The transit agency urges fans to take the subway and El into the city.

The Market-Frankford Line provides access to Center City from many suburban communities via 69th Street Transportation Center, with connections to the Norristown High Speed Line, the Routes 101 and 102 Trolley Lines, and multiple bus routes. The Market-Frankford Line also connects to outlying points with bus and trackless trolley service at Frankford Transportation Center. To get to the Broad Street Line, customers can connect from multiple bus routes at Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center and other stations.


RELATED STORY: SEPTA hopes to avoid repeat of breakdown at Phillies parade

Trains on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines will run every 5-7 minutes starting at 5 a.m. on Thursday. SEPTA will utilize as many rail cars as possible to provide added capacity for riders. The following stations will be open, although additional closures are possible depending on crowds:

• Market-Frankford Line: Frankford Transportation Center, Arrott Transportation Center, Erie-Torresdale, Allegheny, Huntingdon, Girard, 2nd Street, 8th Street, 13th Street, 30th Street, 40th Street, 46th Street, 52nd Street, 60th Street and 69th Street Transportation Center.

• Broad Street Line: Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center, Wyoming, Erie, North Philadelphia, Cecil B. Moore, Girard, Race-Vine, Walnut-Locust, Ellsworth-Federal, Snyder and AT&T.

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These stations will be open on Thursday on SEPTA's Regional Rail system.


REGIONAL RAIL

Update – 1:22 p.m., Wednesday: Regional Rail passes for Thursday are sold out.


Regional Rail service will operate Thursday – inbound only in the morning and outbound only in the afternoon – with only select stations only. For the return trip, customers must board at the same Center City station where they departed. Only pre-purchased passes and senior reduced fare will be accepted. A discounted Independence pass for $10 is available beginning today.

Regional Rail service will operate to-and-from selected stations. Service to Center City will be available via Jefferson and 30th Street Stations, which are a short walk from the parade route. There will be no service at Suburban, University City or Temple University stations. Below are the outlying stations that will be open on each line:

• Airport Line: Eastwick, Terminals A, B, C/D and E/F. Hourly service throughout the day.

• Chestnut Hill East Line: Chestnut Hill East and Wyndmoor.

• Chestnut Hill West Line: No train service. Customers can use Chestnut Hill East.

• Cynwyd Line: No train service.

• Fox Chase Line: Fox Chase Station.

• Lansdale/Doylestown Line: Doylestown, Lansdale, Pennbrook, Ambler, Fort Washington and Jenkintown-Wyncote.

• Manayunk/Norristown Line: Elm Street, Norristown Transportation Center, Conshohocken.

• Media/Elwyn Line: Elwyn, Media and Primos.

• Paoli/Thorndale Line: Thorndale, Whitford, Exton, Paoli and Ardmore.

• Trenton Line: Trenton, Croydon and Cornwells Heights.

• Warminster Line: Warminster and Jenkintown-Wyncote.

• West Trenton Line: West Trenton, Woodbourne, Langhorne, Philmont and Jenkintown-Wyncote.

• Wilmington/Newark Line: Wilmington, Marcus Hook and Ridley Park.

For the return trip, customers must board at the same Center City station where they departed. For more information on fares and train travel times, please visit the Eagles Parade page on SEPTA’s website at http://www.septa.org/eagles.

For parade-day travel on Regional Rail, customers must have one of the following fare products: A weekly or monthly TrailPass, an Independence Pass, or a pre-purchased senior/reduced fare ticket. SEPTA is selling a special discounted Independence Pass for $10. The pass will be available at sales locations, and in limited numbers the day of the parade at open stations.

SEPTA urges customers to purchase passes before the day of the parade, and sales office hours will be extended through Wednesday.

BUS, TROLLEY, NORRISTOWN HIGH SPEED LINE & CCT PARATRANSIT

A number of bus routes that operate on and around the parade route in South Philadelphia and Center City will be detoured. City Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 will not stop at 15th Street, and additional adjustments are possible. The Routes 101 and 102 Trolleys and the Norristown High Speed Line will stop at all stations, with service every 15 minutes.

CCT Paratransit will operate regular weekday service, although travel could be significantly impacted by rolling road closures and heavy pedestrian traffic. If possible, SEPTA encourages customers who are planning trips for medical care facilities near the parade route to schedule their appointments the day before the parade.

REAL-TIME UPDATES

Real-time travel updates will be posted on SEPTA’s homepage and on Twitter @SEPTA_SOCIAL before, during and after the parade. Service alerts will also be sent to local news media outlets. Please note: Due to the parade-day service changes, information on SEPTA App may not be accurate. 

PARKING LIMITED: PLAN FOR DROP-OFFS

SEPTA urges customers who are planning to use rail services to arrange to be dropped off at or near their station. Parking will be limited at SEPTA stations and surrounding locations, and available spots are expected to fill up quickly.

PATCO

Update – 2 p.m. Wednesday: Ticket sales for Thursday will close at 7 p.m. Wednesday, PATCO says.


PATCO will run on a modified schedule on Thursday.

At 3 a.m. on Thursday, PATCO will close the following stations: Ashland, Haddonfield, Westmont, Collingswood, City Hall, 8th and Market Street, 12th/13th and Locust Street, and 15th/16th and Locust Street.

From 3:45 to 5:45 a.m. westbound and from 3:43 to 6:17 a.m. eastbound, trains will only service the Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue, Broadway and 9th/10th and Locust Street stations. From 6 a.m. to about 1:50 p.m., PATCO will provide westbound only service, originating at the Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue and Broadway stations. Trains departing from these stations will express directly to the 9th/10th and Locust Street Station. During this period, there will be no eastbound service.

Beginning at about 1:20 p.m. and continuing until 8 p.m., trains will transition to eastbound only service, originating at 9th/10th and Locust Street Station and stopping at Broadway, Ferry Avenue, Woodcrest and Lindenwold stations.

To safely accommodate as many passengers as possible, bicycles will not be permitted on trains during this period. As always, strollers are permitted, but passengers are asked to ensure that they are folded while on board the trains.

Regular fares apply for all customers age five and older; children four and under ride free. Tickets will be sold at all of the stations that will be providing service. Passengers who wish to buy tickets in advance are reminded to purchase their tickets at the station from which they intend to depart on Thursday.

For those wishing to walk into Center City, the Ben Franklin Bridge South Walkway will be open throughout the day and into the evening.

For questions or additional information, please visit our website at www.RidePATCO.org or follow us on Twitter at @RidePATCO.

PUBLIC SAFETY

The perimeter of the parade will be firmly secured and protected for maximum public safety, the city said. Law enforcement will have a strong presence throughout the event. 

Those attending the parade are encourage to make a plan regarding driving, public transit, parking, supervision of children and wearing comfortable attire.  Be prepared to walk, as road closures near the parade route will lead to traffic congestion and delays.

There will be no entry points with metal detectors. Fans are encouraged to leave no bag or item unattended. In an emergency or to report a suspicious person, activity or item (a backpack, a package, a container), notify a police officer immediately or call 9-1-1.  Do not try to open, move, cover or touch a suspicious item.

MEDICAL TENTS

The Philadelphia Fire Department will staff medic (EMS) tents at the following locations:

• 24th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway (south side)

• 21st Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway (north side)

Missing or lost persons should be taken to either medic tent listed above or notify a Philadelphia police officer immediately.

City personnel and Eagles officials will utilize a network of prevention and response services, which will be integrated, mobile and in constant communication. Alpha-numeric “location markers” are posted along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to clearly and easily identify a location or section (by letter and number, example: CD-1) to facilitate communication in the event of an emergency.

Smoking is not permitted on any Parks & Recreation property including, but limited to, buildings, playgrounds, ice or skating rinks, fields or courts, pools, picnic areas, walking areas and parking lots.

ROAD CLOSURES

Significant travel delays can be expected on the date of the event, and implementation of additional road closures and lane restrictions may be necessary during the event to maintain public safety.  Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time when traveling in the vicinity.  Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.

Road closures on the parade route and in the immediate vicinity are scheduled to be implemented by 10 a.m. on Thursday and in effect until about 6 p.m. All roads are expected to be open for the morning rush hour on Friday. A detailed list of closures and restrictions by date is listed below: 

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

The inner lanes (inbound and outbound) of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from Eakins Oval to 20th Street will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. This closure will not be in effect during AM and PM rush hours, and cross streets will remain open to traffic throughout.

THURSDAY

The following streets will be closed according to the schedules listed below:

5 a.m. to about 6 p.m.

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 16th Street and 20th Street (including Logan Circle)

• 17th Street between Arch Street and Vine Street

• 18th Street between Arch Street and Vine Street

• 19th Street between Arch Street and Vine Street

• Race Street between 20th Street and Logan Circle

• 20th Street between Race Street and Callowhill Street

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval (all lanes)

• 21st Street between Spring Garden Street and Winter Street – local access to Pennsylvania Avenue only (all traffic must turn left)

• 22nd Street between Spring Garden Street and Race Street – local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)

• 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway – local access only as conditions allow

• 24th Street between Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Park Towne Place

• Park Towne Place between 22nd Street and 24th Street – local access to Park Towne Place only (residents)

• Pennsylvania Avenue/Callowhill Street between 20th Street and 21st Street – local access to Barnes Foundation driveway (westbound) only

• Eastbound open from 21st Street

• Spring Garden Street between 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway – local access only as conditions allow

• Spring Garden Tunnel

• Waterworks Drive

• I-676 westbound 22nd Street off-ramp

• 2000 Winter Street

• Kelly Drive between Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Strawberry Mansion Drive

• Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Montgomery Drive

• Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street

• Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive

• 25th Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Kelly Drive

The following streets will be designated “local access only” west of 22nd Street:

• Wallace Street

• Mt. Vernon Street

• Green Street

• Judson Street

• Brandywine Street

9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

• South Broad Street between Pattison Avenue and South Penn Square

• South Penn Square between Broad Street and 15th Street

• 15th Street between Chestnut Street and Vine Street

• 16th Street between Chestnut Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

• 1500-1600 Market Street

• 1500-1600 JFK Blvd.

• I-95 northbound and southbound Broad Street off-ramp

• I-76 eastbound and westbound Broad Street off-ramp (Sports Complex)

10 a.m. until about 6 p.m.

• All cross streets on Broad Street from Pattison Avenue to South Penn Square, from 13th Street to 15th Street

• Pattison Avenue between 7th Street and 20th Street

Noon until about 9 p.m.

• JFK Blvd. between 20th Street and 29th Street/Schuylkill Avenue

• 29th Street/Schuylkill Avenue between Market Street and JFK Blvd.

• 30th Street between Market Street and Arch Street

• I-76 westbound 30th Street off-ramp

• I-76 eastbound 30th Street off-ramp

• I-76 westbound Schuylkill Avenue on-ramp

• Filbert Street between 10th Street and 12th Street

• 10th Street between Filbert Street and Race Street

• 11th Street between Filbert Street and Race Street

• 12th Street between Filbert Street and Race Street

The inner lanes (inbound and outbound) of Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from Eakins Oval to 20th Street will be closed from 6 p.m. Thursday into the overnight hours. Cross streets will remain open to traffic throughout, and all roads will be open prior to the morning rush hour on Friday.

Cross streets will be reopened south to north on Broad Street, and elsewhere along the parade route, as early as conditions allow on Thursday.

ON-STREET PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Temporary no parking restrictions along the parade route and on adjacent streets will commence at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The full extent of these restrictions will be in place until about 6 p.m. Thursday.

• South Broad Street from South Penn Square to Pattison Avenue (both sides of the street, including the center median.)

• All cross streets on Broad Street from Pattison Avenue to Chestnut Street from 13th Street to 15th Street (both sides of the street)

• South Penn Square from Broad Street to 15th Street (both sides of the street)

• 15th Street from Chestnut Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)

• 1500 Arch Street (both sides of the street)

• 1400-1600 JFK Blvd. (both sides of the street)

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 16th Street to 20th Street (both sides of the street)

• Kelly Drive along Boathouse Row

• Sedgeley Drive between Kelly Drive and Poplar Drive

• Waterworks Drive

• 1500-1600 Market Street (both sides of the street)

• 1600 Cherry Street (both sides of the street)

• Pennsylvania Avenue from 22nd Street to 24th Street (south side of the street)

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval (all lanes, both sides)

• 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street (both sides of the street)

• 21st Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Race Street (both sides of the street)

• 20th Street from Race Street to Callowhill Street (both sides of the street)

• 19th Street from Arch Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)

• 18th Street from Arch Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)

• 17th Street from Arch Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)

• 16th Street from Market Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway (both sides of the street)

• 1500-1600 Market Street (both sides of the street)

• 1600 Cherry Street (both sides of the street)

• Parke Towne Place between 22nd Street and 24 Steet (north side of the street)

• 2000-2200 Spring Garden Street (both sides of the street)

• 2000 Winter Street

Please obey all "Temporary Parking Signs." Vehicles parked in these locations during posted hours will be relocated.

There will be no enforcement of meter and time limit regulations on Thursday, the day of the parade. Safety violations such as parking too close to the corner, fire hydrants, blocking crosswalks, etc. will be enforced.

The Impoundment Lot at 2501 Weccacoe Ave. in South Philadelphia will stay open until midnight on Wednesday for the release of vehicles. No vehicles will be released on Thursday.

Individuals with hearings scheduled on Thursday should contact the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication at 888-591-3636 to schedule a new hearing date. The unclaimed vehicle auction scheduled for Thursday on the 2500 block of South Swanson Street will be rescheduled.

BICYCLE LANE DETOURS

During the parade, several bicycle lanes along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Broad Street and streets in the vicinity will be inaccessible. Cyclists are advised to use caution when traveling in the area.

There will be no access to the Schuylkill River Trail from the rear of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Thursday. Westbound travel on the Schuylkill trail will terminate at Paine Skate Park.

SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

All Philadelphia public and archdiocesan schools will be closed Thursday, as will all archdiocesan schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. The Upper Darby School District also will be closed.

A number of Philadelphia-area colleges will give students the day off on Thursday to attend the historical gathering, including Drexel University, Temple University, Cabrini University, the Community College of Philadelphia, Peirce College, the University of Pennsylvania, Rosemont College, St. Joseph's University and LaSalle University.

PHILADELPHIA COURTS

Due to transportation issues and the large number of attendees expected for the parade, all courts and Offices of the Philadelphia Courts will be closed Thursday. If you are scheduled for jury duty on Thursday, do NOT report for service. You will be rescheduled to serve at a later date. All critical court services are expected to remain operational.

GET IN THE HUDDLE

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management advises people can text READYEAGLES to 888-777 to get free text alerts from the city on #Eagles information regarding the parade, including transit and public safety updates. Please make sure READYEAGLES is one word and not auto-corrected.

Fans can also follow the city for updates via the following social media channels: @PhiladelphiaGov on Twitter; @CityofPhiladelphia on Instagram; and City of Philadelphia on Facebook.

GET YOUR (FREE) BUD LIGHT

Bud Light's buying – at least the first cold one – at more than two dozen bars along the parade route. It suggests fans use their "Eagle eye" to spot the participating taverns.

MORE FREE STUFF

Shake Shack to give away free custard during Eagles parade

TRASH COLLECTION

Normal residential trash and recycling collection will be suspended on Thursday. The Streets Department will operate on a holiday schedule and will be delayed by one day. Residents with a normal collection day on Thursday should place their trash and recycling curbside on Friday.