Broad Street Run, Festivals Will Make a Mess of SEPTA All Weekend Long

Many buses will be interrupted or detoured. Extra subway service will be implemented to ease the burden.

A weekend full of festivals and the Broad Street Run on Sunday will cause detours on a slew of SEPTA bus routes.

The reroutings begin at 8 p.m. Friday, when all of the bus routes that run on or cross the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 19th to 23rd streets — Routes 7, 32, 33, 38 and 48 — will be detoured for the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival. The detours will remain in effect until at least 11 p.m. Saturday.

Three more detours begin early Saturday morning:

Routes 9, 12, 21 and 42, which run westbound on Walnut Street, will be detoured off the street from Broad to 20th streets for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. The Walnut Street detour will be in effect from 3 a.m. to at least 9 p.m.

On South Street’s eastern end, the bus routes that run down or across it — Routes 40, 47 and 57 — will detour from 4 a.m. until at least 11:30 p.m. for the South Street Festival.

And Routes 38 and 43 will not run on Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum from 9 a.m. until at least 3 p.m. for the MS Walk and Run.

Sunday brings with it two more sets of detours:

In Chestnut Hill, the 8000 through 8700 blocks of Germantown Avenue will be closed to traffic from 6 a.m. to at least 7 p.m. for the Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival, causing detours on Routes 23, 77, 94, 134 and L.

And service on 39 SEPTA surface routes that operate on or cross Broad Street from Olney Avenue south to the Navy Yard will be affected by the 36th annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run on Sunday, from 3:30 a.m. until the end of the race. Routes 4 and 16, which operate on Broad Street itself, will run instead on north-south streets to the east, and all the routes that cross Broad Street — Routes 3, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 21, 23, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 48, 53, 54, 56, 60, 61, 64, 68, 75, 79, 124, 125, G, J, H/XH, and R — will be detoured or split in two starting at 7:30 a.m. for the duration of the run. (Trolley Route 15 will use buses to accommodate the detour.) Riders should allow extra time to complete their trips. Full details of the detours can be found on SEPTA’s web site.

Runners and race fans will find 12 additional trains, including express trains, operating on the Broad Street Line between Fern Rock and AT&T stations beginning at 4:10 a.m. Express trains make the trip from Olney to City Hall in under 15 minutes. Runners get free rides to the starting area just below Olney Avenue by showing their race bibs to the station cashier when they enter.

You can check on the operating status of all routes by visiting‘s System Status page. Have fun, and don’t get lost!

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