Jefferson Station (SEPTA)

SEPTA Regional Rail station in Philadelphia

Jefferson Station is a SEPTA station in the Market East neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its official SEPTA address is 12th and Filbert streets.[1] Of the three Center City stations on the SEPTA system, Jefferson Station is located the farthest east. It is part of the Center City Commuter Connection. Opened in November 1984, the station replaced the Reading Terminal, which had closed on November 6, 1984.[2] Jefferson Station cost $75 million to build,[3] and is owned and maintained by SEPTA. The station used to be called Market East Station but the name changed to Jefferson Station on September 4, 2014 after Thomas Jefferson University Hospital paid $4 million to have the station named for them.[4]

Jefferson Station
SEPTA Regional Rail station
11th Street entrance to Jefferson Station.
General information
Location12th and Filbert Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates39°57′07″N 75°09′24″W / 39.952076°N 75.156612°W / 39.952076; -75.156612
Owned bySEPTA
Line(s)SEPTA Main Line
Platforms2 island platforms
  Broad Street Line Ridge Spur at 8th St.
City Bus SEPTA City Bus: 9, 17, 23, 33, 38, 44, 47, 47M, 48, 61, 62, 78
NJT Bus NJT Bus: 400, 401, 402, 404, 406, 408, 409, 410, 412, 414, 417
At Greyhound Terminal:
NJT Bus NJT Bus: 313, 315, 316, 317, 318, 551
Intercity Bus Greyhound Lines
Intercity Bus Bieber Transportation Group
Intercity Bus Trailways Transportation System (Capitol Trailways, Fullington Trailways, Martz Trailways)
Intercity Bus Peter Pan Bus Lines
Intercity Bus Chinatown bus lines
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zoneC
OpenedNovember 1984
Previous namesMarket East Station (1984-2014)
replaced Reading Terminal in 1984
Preceding station SEPTA Following station
Suburban Station
toward Airport
Airport Line Temple University
toward Glenside
Suburban Station Chestnut Hill West Line Temple University
Suburban Station
toward Wawa
Media/Wawa Line
Suburban Station
toward Thorndale
Paoli/​Thorndale Line
Suburban Station
toward Trenton
Trenton Line
Suburban Station
toward Newark
Wilmington/​Newark Line
Suburban Station Chestnut Hill East Line Temple University
Fox Chase Line Temple University
toward Fox Chase
Lansdale/​Doylestown Line Temple University
toward Doylestown
Suburban Station Manayunk/​Norristown Line Temple University
Warminster Line Temple University
toward Warminster
West Trenton Line Temple University

The station is 120 feet (37 m) wide and two blocks long. The tracks are 35 feet (11 m) below the street.[5]


  1. Vance, Patricia (2004). Intimate bicycle tours of Philadelphia: ten excursions to the city's art, parks, and neighborhoods. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 9. ISBN 081221868X.
  2. Solomon, Brian (2008). Railroads of Pennsylvania: Your Guide to Pennsylvania's Historic Trains and Railway Sites. Voyageur Press. p. 71. ISBN 978-0760332450.[permanent dead link]
  3. "The Railroad in Pennsylvania Timeline". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Archived from the original on 27 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  4. "Jefferson to pay $4M for SEPTA station naming rights". Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  5. Kozel, Scott M. "Reading Terminal and Market East Station". Archived from the original on 27 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011.

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