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Roundtrip R7 express trips on March 1, 7 and 8

February 24, 2009
Contact: Penny Bassett Hackett or Dan Stessel

NEWARK, NJ Getting to the annual Philadelphia Flower Show from New Jersey has never been easier thanks to special SEPTA express trains between NJ TRANSIT’s Trenton Transit Center and Center City Philadelphia each weekend day of the show.


The express demonstration trips on the R7 line, coupled with coordinated NJ TRANSIT and SEPTA schedules and new joint-ticketing options, give flower fans a bouquet of reasons to leave their cars behind.


“The Flower Show express trips between Philadelphia and Trenton are the latest in a series of customer improvements realized through cooperation with NJ TRANSIT,” said SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey.  “Together, we offer great travel options to help our customers avoid traffic congestion and parking expenses.”


“With coordinated service and joint-ticketing, SEPTA and NJ TRANSIT are making it easier for our customers to take cross-agency trips that expand the reach and extend the benefits of the region’s transit systems,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director Richard Sarles.


On the three weekend days of the show—Sunday, March 1; Saturday, March 7; and Sunday, March 8—SEPTA will offer the following special express trips: 

  • SOUTHBOUND – A special express train will depart Trenton at 11:53 a.m. and operate non-stop to Philadelphia, making stops at 30th Street, Suburban and Market East stations.  (Trip time from Trenton to Market East is 52 minutes.)
  • NORTHBOUND – A special express train will depart Market East at 7:03 p.m., make stops at Suburban and 30th Street stations, then operate non-stop to Trenton Transit Center.  (Trip time from Market East to Trenton is 49 minutes.)

Customers connecting from NJ TRANSIT service will find shorter transfer times between the SEPTA demonstration express trips and connecting Northeast Corridor service, saving customers 11 minutes traveling southbound and 23 minutes northbound.


For additional convenience and savings, discounted flower show admission tickets are available at the SEPTA Market East ticket window.


NJ TRANSIT and SEPTA launched joint-ticketing in November, allowing customers to purchase tickets for trips between the two agencies at all NJ TRANSIT rail ticket vending machines, at NJ TRANSIT rail ticket windows, at SEPTA ticket windows at Suburban and Market Street East stations and at SEPTA ticket vending machines at 30th Street Station.


In addition to the express flower show trips, SEPTA provides hourly weekend R7 service between Center City Philadelphia and Trenton Transit Center. SEPTA passengers may also purchase a special "Bouquet Pass" for $9.00 valid for one-day, unlimited travel aboard SEPTA vehicles during the Flower Show. The passes can be purchased at SEPTA Sales and Regional Rail Station Ticket Offices. Bouquet Passes may not be used for travel during peak a.m. hours on Regional Rail trains or for travel to Trenton, New Jersey.  


For SEPTA information, customers should visit or call (215) 580-7800.


For NJ TRANSIT information, customers should visit or call (973) 275-5555.


NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, three light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.