SEPTA adding extra ‘sports express’ trains for Sunday’s Eagles game

SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards at a SEPTA station
SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards explaining that the transit agency is adding a few extra “sports express” trains for the Eagles game. Photo credit Courtesy of SEPTA
By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With a limited number of fans allowed at Sunday’s Eagles game, SEPTA is adding a few extra “sports express” trains on the Broad Street Line.

The transit agency is running three additional express trains, leaving Fern Rock at 11:15, 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. on Sunday.

SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards told KYW Newsradio that in addition to local trains every 10 minutes, SEPTA would normally run 10 express trains on a typical game day.

“This is a little lighter than we would during a typical game. Normally we would carry 15,000 to 20,000 fans to the game. And as we all know the total amount of fans is about half that number,” Richards said.

Under relaxed COVID-19 regulations, the city is allowing 7,500 people inside Lincoln Financial Field for Sunday’s 1 p.m. Eagles-Ravens game.

Richards said fans taking the Broad Street Line to the game will notice that some seats are blocked off.

“Our riders will see decals on the seats which will enable them to safely social distance and understand where those distances are and where they can sit on our vehicles,” she explained.

Richards said social distance coaches are on duty to provide masks to riders who don’t have them. She said mask compliance on SEPTA is over 90%.