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SEPTA Catches 'Phillies Phever'

"Phillies Phever" is sweeping the Philadelphia region - and SEPTA is right in the middle of the action.

The Phillies will play their 2010 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, April 12th - and as always, the action starts before the game on the Broad Street Line with Sports Express service.

There will no doubt be a festive atmosphere on board the trains, as fans embark on what they hope will be yet another championship season. And to help get them into the spirit, SEPTA will have the Pattison Avenue Station at the Sports Complex decorated in Phillies' red and white.

"For the home opener, we always decorate the head house with balloons and we have some other things down there for fans - help get them ready for the game," said Mark Lashley, Assistant Director of Transportation.

Lashley has the responsibility of scheduling extra service for Phillies games and other events at the Sports Complex. The home opener is always a big draw - and he expects it to be very busy along the Broad Street Line throughout the season.

"The Phillies are drawing a lot of fans. They're hot, very popular," Lashley said. "We'll be ready for the fans."

Being ready means making sure there is enough service to get fans to the game on time. A major component to this is adding Sports Express trains on the Broad Street Line. At least three of these extra trains supplement regularly scheduled service for each home game, including the home opener, which starts at 3:05 p.m. More Sports Express trains may be added for the opener if needed, and Local and Express trains will be waiting for fans at Pattison Avenue after the game.

Lashley sees the home opener as a sign of things to come. With the Phillies expected to draw well over three million fans this year, he hopes many will opt for SEPTA's convenient and cost-effective options for getting to the game.

"You're not paying $15 or more for parking, and you're not sitting there stuck in traffic," Lashley noted. "It's the cheapest and most convenient way to get to a game."

Taking the Broad Street Line to and from a game can cost as little as $2.90 with the purchase of a two-pack of tokens. One way cash fare is $2. The Broad Street Line also offers easy connections with the Market-Frankford Line and a number of bus and trolley routes, as well as Regional Rail and the PATCO High Speedline.

For more information on service for the Phillies' home opener, and other events with Broad Street Line Sports Express service, visit

The Pattison Avenue Station will be decorated for the Phillies' home opener.

Fans fill a Broad Street Line train.

The Pattison Avenue Station will be a sea of red and white for the home opener.

Fans on a Sports Express train.