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Philly PHLASH buses staying on the road

PHLASH buses will be in full force through December, and will return yearly for at least 10 years.

The PHLASH buses take visitors to the city on loop of from Penn's Landing to the Art Museum. Credit: Charles Mostoller. The PHLASH buses take visitors to the city on loop of from Penn's Landing to the Art Museum. Credit: Charles Mostoller.

Philly PHLASH, the discount bus service which provides transportation to specific historical markers and tourist attractions, will most likely be around for another 10 years.

The buses known for its purple paint jobs weren't a yearly guarantee, until PHLASH received added funding from the State Transportation funding bill passed this past fall.

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"We felt like we made a compelling case that the PLASH was not only a good visitor amenity but a great way to get people around the city in an economical way," said President and CEO Jim Cuorato.

The bus winds throughout Center City to 20 stops mostly along Market Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The bus loop mainly visits parking garages designated for tourists who don't know the city well and want to visit popular landmarks.

PHLASH facts



  • One ride costs $2, but an all-day pass costs $5.

  • SEPTA pass holders ride for free.

  • PHLASH arrives at each stop every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. with the last pick up time marked at each stop along the route. The purple bus will run seven days a week now through Labor Day.

  • From Sept. 5 to Dec. 28, it will only run on Fridays and Sundays.

  • The service, which started in 1994, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.


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