Punxsutawney Phil may have called for six more weeks of winter, but SEPTA passengers can get a jump on spring when they ride one of the authority’s buses, trains or trolleys to the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show, “ARTiculture”, a celebration of horticulture and the works of the world’s greatest artists. The Flower Show will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center March 1-9.
SEPTA makes it easy for riders to escape the harsh winter and “spring forward” to the Flower Show: the “One Day Independence Pass” and “Family Independence Pass” offer customers convenient, economical and unlimited one-day travel on all SEPTA trains, trolleys and buses. The Flower Show is open Saturday, March 1 from 11 am-9 p.m.; Sunday, March 2 from 8 am-9 p.m.; Monday-Friday, March 3-7 from 10 am-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 8 from 8 am-9 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10 from 8 am-6 pm. Showgoers can beat the morning and evening commuter crowds by traveling to the Convention Center before and after rush hour. Independence Passes are not valid on Regional Rail trains arriving to Center City before 9:30 am on weekdays.
The One Day Independence Pass costs $12 per person. The $29 Family Independence Pass provides unlimited travel for one family of up to five people, traveling together on any one day, on all regularly scheduled SEPTA service (at least one person, but no more than two, must be 18 years of age or older). While additional fees apply on Regional Rail travel to and from Trenton and West Trenton, NJ, passengers still save when purchasing Independence Passes over individual rail tickets.
Passes can be purchased in advance – they are not activated until the date they are punched by a SEPTA operator, cashier or conductor. Independence Passes are sold at all SEPTA Regional Rail Ticket Offices, SEPTA Sales Offices, the Transit Gift Store and SEPTA Sales Office at 1234 Market Street and online at https://www.septa.org/store/. Independence Passes can also be purchased on board SEPTA Regional Rail trains.
As an added bonus, SEPTA customers can purchase discounted Flower Show tickets – $28 for adults and $15 for children ages 2-16 – at all major SEPTA Transit Sales Offices and Regional Rail Ticket Offices.
For more information on tickets, passes and schedules, visit https://www.septa.org/events/flower.html or call SEPTA Customer Service at (215) 580-7800.