SEPTA and the Villanova Parade: What You Need to Know
The Villanova University Wildcats are the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions, winning in dramatic fashion on Monday night on a buzzer-beating three pointer from Kris Jenkins to defeat the University of North Carolina, 77-74.
They returned to the Main Line yesterday afternoon and were greeted to a welcome home rally at Villanova Stadium. That isn’t the only celebration however, as they are also having a parade down Market Street this Friday at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at 20th and will go down Market Street to Dilworth Park.
With the expected crowds this Friday, SEPTA just announced its service plans for the afternoon.
Extra capacity will be added to the Norristown High Speed Line, the Market-Frankford Line and the Broad Street Line. The NHSL has stops in Radnor, on Villanova’s campus and by Villanova Stadium.
Regional Rail is also an option, and those traveling from Villanova or surrounding Main Line communities can take the Paoli/Thorndale Line, which runs every 30 minutes.
Bus Routes 2,4, 7, 16, 17, 21, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 62, 124 and 125 will all be detoured around City Hall and Dilworth Park from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. this Friday.
Also, the 15th street MFL station and the City Hall BSL station are expected to remain open but may be bypassed if they get too crowded. In that case, SEPTA is advising passenger to use the 13th Street MFL station and the Walnut-Locust BSL station. The announcements for this will be made on the trains. Those using Trolley Routes 10,11,13,34 and 36 should also be ready for service announcements about station closures.
SEPTA anticipates a normal morning commute this Friday but an extremely crowded evening rush hour commute. It is urging travelers to purchase tickets in advance.
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