SEPTA said the trains will run on weekends on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines, beginning on June 15, a Sunday, at 12:01 a.m. The pilot program will run through Labor Day weekend; SEPTA will offer 20-minute headways on each line between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
SEPTA said cashiers will be on duty high-ridership stations to assist passengers.
At unstaffed stations, riders will pay train operators before boarding. Riders will need exact cash, a token or a pass, as the operators will not give out change. The operators will sell transfers, SEPTA said.
Few U.S. rail transit systems operate on a 24-hour schedule at any time, let alone on weekends. SEPTA itself is one such system in part, operating a 24-hour schedule for its Route 10, 13, 15, and 36 light rail lines, dubbed “NiteOwl”routes.
Last March MBTA extended rail transit service in Boston by 90 minutes on Friday and Saturday nights, ending at roughly 2:30 a.m. (depending on location).
MTA New York City Transit subway service, along with PATH bistate rail service, operate on a round-the-clock basis. MTA Long Island Rail Road is one regional passenger carrier that offers service at all hours.