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Everything you need to know about Eagles parade transportation

Everything you need to know about Eagles parade transportation

Frustrations ran high Wednesday morning as SEPTA sold out of Regional Rail passes at several stations for Thursday's Eagles victory parade.

Fans lined up as early as 3 a.m. Wednesday morning to pick up one of 50,000 special passes when they went on sale at 5 a.m.

As of 10:30 a.m., only 4,000 passes remained. 

Limited tickets are still available at Cornwell Heights, Langhorne, Philmont, Chestnut Hill East and Fox Chase, Lansdale/Doylestown and Media. Click here for details.

In an effort to avoid pains felt during the 2008 Phillies parade, SEPTA is limiting its service Thursday to focus on getting passengers to and from the parade. Riders who typically use public transportation to get to work should make alternative plans.

Regional Rail will only run in-bound trains Thursday morning and will stop at a limited number of stations. In the afternoon, Regional Rail will only run out-bound. 

Philadelphia riders can rejoice in free subway rides throughout the day. Meanwhile, PATCO is also offering special service for New Jersey passengers. Click here for details.

SEPTA normally services approximately 268,000 riders across its bus, subway, trolley and trains system on an average weekday. With the possibility of more than one million people attending the Eagles parade, they estimate only being to accommodate one of every four attendees, SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel said. 

"Be prepared for overcrowding," he said.

Transit officials urged riders to plan ahead and be prepared to deal with very crowded conditions. And if you plan on driving expect closed roads, parking restrictions and plenty of delays.

Here's what you need to know however you go:

Subway Riders
Insurance giant Independence Blue Cross is giving free rides on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford line subways but only some stations will be open. As stations and the streets above or below become crowded, SEPTA may close stations.

SEPTA’s Broad Street Line
• On the Broad Street Line ONLY the following stations will be open: Fern Rock Transportation Center, Olney, Wyoming, Erie, North Philadelphia, Cecil B. Moore/Temple University, Girard, Race-Vine, Walnut-Locust, Ellsworth-Federal, Snyder and AT&T (Broad and Pattison).
• Local and express service will be offered with the first trains leaving Fern Rock at 4:45 a.m. and AT&T at 4:52 a.m.
• Each BSL car can carry around 180 passengers and there will be 118 cars running at one time so they can take around 30,000-plus passengers per hour, SEPTA said.
•Night Owl bus service is dependent on how quickly the parade route up Broad Street is cleared.

SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line
• Local service only as 6-train cars departs every five minutes or so.
• On the Market-Frankford Line ONLY the following stations will be open: Frankford Transportation Center, Arrott Transportation Center, Erie-Torresdale, Allegheny, Huntingdon, Girard, 2nd Street, 8th Street, 13th Street, 30th Street, 40th Street, 46th Street, 52nd Street, 60th Street and 69th Street Transportation Center.
• The first trains depart 69th Street at 4:45 a.m. and the Frankford Transportation Center at 4:36 a.m.
• Each MFL car can carry around 165 passengers and there will be 156 cars running at one time so they can take around 35,000-plus passengers per hour, SEPTA said.

Regional Rail
• 50,000 special Independence passes will be sold for $10, which allows for all-day travel across all SEPTA modes of transportation. If you don't have a pass, you won't be able to ride Regional Rail. Many of the passes sold out quickly at stations in the suburbs Wednesday.
• It is unclear if SEPTA will release extra passes.
• The agency will post a list of stations where tickets remain on its website at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
• Cash fares will NOT be accepted. Only special day passes and weekly and monthly day passes will be accepted. The special pass goes on sale Tuesday and are expected to be sold out by Wednesday evening.
• 11 lines from the suburbs will provide rides into Center City, with up to 70,300 riders able to board inbound trains.
• The entire system will be operating only inbound trains until 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
• The entire system will be operating only outbound trains, starting about 1:30 p.m.
• Up to 71,000 riders will be able to get onto Regional Rail lines in the morning at 37 outlying stations, with limited station stops.
• Normal parking spaces are available at the open SEPTA stations but are expected to fill up quickly. Additional parking will be available at Primos, Pennbrook and Philmont stations.
• The sale of weekly passes and monthly passes has been suspended until after the parade

Click here for SEPTA's latest Regional Rail parade plans.

Norristown High Speed Line
• All stations open with trains departing every 15 minutes as part of an “all day rush hour,” SEPTA said.
• Normal fares will be collected.
• Riders transferring to the MFL at 69th Street should be prepared to wait in line.
• There will be 20 cars that carry 180 passengers each available, SEPTA said.

SEPTA Trolleys
• All stations will be open except 15th Street station.
• Trolley lines can handle nearly 40,000 riders a day.
• Normal fares will be in place on 94 trolley cars, which have a capacity of 80 passengers each.

SEPTA Bus
• 27 Routes will be on detour: 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 16, 17, 21, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 48, 64, 68, 79, 124, 125 and G
• More routes could be detoured throughout the day, SEPTA said.

SEPTA CCT
Will operate a regular service day but riders could be impacted by traffic and detours, SEPTA said.

SEPTA App
SEPTA urged people to download its app for information ahead of and on parade day.

PATCO
• PATCO will operate on a modified schedule Thursday between South Jersey and Center City Philadelphia
• PATCO will close its stations at 3 a.m. Thursday. Then only service Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue, Broadway, 9th/10th and Locust Street stations in both directions from about 3:45 a.m. to 6 a.m.
• From 6 a.m. to about 1:50 p.m. PATCO will provide WESTBOUND-only express service from Lindenwold, Woodcrest, Ferry Avenue and Broadway stations in New Jersey to 9th/10th and Locust Street stations in Center City. During that time there will be no eastbound service.
• From about 1:20 p.m. to 8 p.m., PATCO will transition to EASTBOUND-only service from the same Center City stations to the same South Jersey stations.
• Regular fares will be collected and tickets will be sold at the open stations. Children 4 and younger ride for free.
• There will be no bicycles allowed on trains.
• Regular PATCO service resumes between 7:30 and 8:09 p.m., PATCO said.

Amtrak
• Regular fares are in effect for trains in and out of Philadelphia's 30th Street Station.
• Amtrak is adding increased capacity on its Keystone Service (New York - Philadelphia - Harrisburg).
• All riders on the Pennsylvanian (New York - Philadelphia – Pittsburgh) and Keystone lines will need to make reservations for Thursday, Amtrak said.
• Most trains between Harrisburg and Philadelphia are sold out before noon and on the return journey in the afternoon and evening, Amtrak said.
• Passengers can also book tickets to and from Philadelphia on the Northeast Corridor Line from Wilmington, Trenton and New York. Monthly and 10-ride tickets will be accepted. But, there were no apparent tickets available for Thursday morning from the Cornwells Heights station in the Philadelphia suburbs.

NJ Transit Rail
• Limited additional capacity will be added to select existing Atlantic City Rail Line trains.
• An extra train will operate between Atlantic City and Philadelphia 30th Street Station, departing Atlantic City at 8:26 a.m. and arriving in Philadelphia at 10:05 a.m.
• An extra train will depart Philadelphia at 4:19 p.m., arriving in Atlantic City at 6:12 p.m.

NJ Transit Bus 
• Prior to 8 a.m., all Philadelphia bus routes will operate regular routing.  All a.m. service on the 414/417/555 routes will go to 30th Street Station as scheduled.
• From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., all Philadelphia bus service will be adjusted due to street closures and will make a single stop in Center City Philadelphia at 6th/Race St.  While this adjusted service is operating, customers should plan to be at 6th/Race St. at the arrival times shown on the timetable. 
• Customers riding Greyhound Terminal routes (313/315/317/551) must go to 6th/Race St. at the normal Greyhound departure time shown on the timetable.
• During p.m. peak period, routes 414/417/555 will NOT board at 30th Street Station. Customers must go to the 6th/Race stop and use the existing Market/7th Streets departure time shown on their timetable for guidance.
• After 7 p.m., all Philadelphia service will be restored to regular routing.

NJ Transit River LINE
• River LINE service will operate trains between Trenton and the Walter Rand Transportation Center (WRTC) in Camden and an additional train will provide service connecting the Waterfront Entertainment Center and WRTC. 
• River LINE will maintain 15-minute peak period service throughout the mid-day hours and additional capacity will be added throughout the day.

NJ Transit Access Link 
• Access Link will cancel all trips to and from Philadelphia. 

Starr Bus Charter & Tours
Buses will arrive in Center City by 9 a.m. Thursday and depart at 4 p.m. The Center City drop off/pick up point is scheduled to be the National Constitution Center at 525 Arch Street at North Independence Mall East. Starr will adjust for the most convenient spot allowed. Get more information HERE.

Biking
• Biking is an option for getting to the parade but with bike lane closures, you will likely need to park your bike a distance from the parade route or Ben Franklin Parkway and plan to walk the rest.
• Parking along the Schuylkill River Trail could be an option, according to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
• Don't own a bike? The Indego bike share service is also an option to get close to the parade route. They are offering 20-percent discounted Visitor Passes by entering “FlyEaglesFly”on their app or website. Click here for the list of stations that will be unavailable due to the Eagles celebration.

Walking
• People living within walking distance should plan on walking, organizers said.
• Even if you take public transit, wear comfortable shoes as you may have to walk long distances from stations to the parade route.
• The Ben Franklin Bridge south walkway will be open throughout Thursday for people coming from Camden and South Jersey.

Text “ReadyEagles” to 888777 to get updates from the city about parade and rally plans. 

This offseason, Eagles targeted players with something to prove

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This offseason, Eagles targeted players with something to prove

The Eagles rode the underdog theme to a Super Bowl last season, but it’s hard to be a team full of underdogs when everyone is wearing a gaudy Super Bowl ring. 

So this offseason has been about trying to recreate that mentality. 

Last week, Jason Kelce said on Good Morning Football he thinks the Eagles probably still aren’t getting the respect they deserve. And when Howie Roseman spoke at the Wharton People Analytics Conference earlier this spring, he spoke about the idea of people thinking the Super Bowl win was a “fluke.” 

Roseman was the subject of a half-hour interview that was posted by Penn on May 9. He talked about various topics, including the Super Bowl celebration, the use of analytics and sports science in the NFL and about the trade two years ago to get Carson Wentz.

Perhaps the most interesting thing Roseman said during that conference wasn’t about analytics at all. It was about trying to repeat as champions and avoiding the same fate as many teams before which haven’t been able to duplicate championship success. 

“From our perspective, we know we have to change the chemistry,” Roseman said. “We know we have to create competition, we have to make everyone feel the same kind of urgency we had. So how do you do that? You get more people who have that urge, who have that underdog kind of feeling that we had, who feel like they’ve been kicked to the side, who have this need to win. 

“And what we feel will happen is, you bring in a bunch of competitive people, with inherently competitive people who are maybe just kind of going through the motions a little bit for a while. And all of a sudden, they have a competitive moment and you bring out those competitive juices. Will it work? I have no idea. But we’re going to try.”

A quick look back at the players the Eagles brought in this offseason and it’s not hard to find that “underdog” quality about a lot of them. You can almost hear Kelce yelling about these guys next February. 

Michael Bennett: He’s getting old! He’s too socially active!

Corey Nelson: Nelson’s just a special teamer! 

Haloti Ngata: Ngata’s too old and injured!

Mike Wallace: Remember when Mike Wallace was good?!

Paul Worrilow: Paul Worrilow was undrafted!

Markus Wheaton: Wheaton can’t stay healthy!

Matt Jones: Matt Jones fumbles too much!

You get the idea. 

“We understand that it’s hard to repeat,” Roseman said at the owners' meetings in March. “You have to add some guys with the same chip on their shoulders that we brought in last year.”

Now, adding guys with chips on their shoulders coincided nicely with the Eagles' salary cap situation. The good thing about players with something to prove is that they’re cheap. And the Eagles needed that. 

All of their free agents this offseason signed either one- or two-year deals and it’s similar to the contracts the Eagles handed out last offseason when they brought in Alshon Jeffery, LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long and Patrick Robinson. All those guys were hits and it helped with the championship. But these signings aren’t always hits; there are going to be misses too. 

When talking about moves, Roseman likened it to gambling, which is really what it is. The analytics play a role in making sure the odds are in their favor, but there are plenty of variables like injuries that still make every move a gamble. It’s all about maximizing the odds. 

If the Eagles did that again, they might be able to succeed where many other teams have failed. 

“I think it really goes through all organizations, not just sports,” Roseman said. “When you have success, how do you continue to have success? I think it’s easy when you think about these teams and some of the process because the season goes six weeks longer, and so I know all of us are a little bit more tired and everything comes on us quicker and the same thing for the players. … 

“How do you get that energy? How do you change the dynamic? For me, the resources that I’ve been exposed to not only in sports but outside of sports about people who have built great organizations, who have won championships and then gone back, talking to them about what you have to do.”  

Greg Ward still learning wide receiver position after great college career at quarterback

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Greg Ward still learning wide receiver position after great college career at quarterback

Greg Ward threw more touchdown passes in college than Carson Wentz and had a higher career passer rating than Nick Foles. 

These days, his job is catching passes, not throwing them. 

It’s quite a transition from big-time NCAA Division 1 quarterback to NFL wide receiver, but at 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, the former Houston Cougar knows where his future is.

Ward spent all of last year on the Eagles’ practice squad, learning the nuances of a new position and figuring out how to think like a receiver instead of a quarterback. 

He looked surprisingly polished at wide out in training camp, caught nine passes for 63 yards in the preseason and then spent the season focusing on getting better.

“I still haven’t 100 percent gotten the position,” Ward said after a recent rookie camp practice. “I always feel like I can get better, always feel like I can learn something new, feel like there’ll always be something to improve on. 

“Last year was a big year for me. Just learning a new position, learning football period, learning from Alshon (Jeffery), Torrey (Smith) and Nelson (Agholor), it was a very important year for me.

“Just gathering every bit of information I could watching those guys practice and watching them in games and then learning how to apply what you’ve learned to your game.”

Ward never did get a chance to play, but he said he felt himself getting better as the year went along.

“Everybody wants to play,” said Ward, who led Houston to a Peach Bowl win over No. 9 Florida State in Atlanta at the end of his junior year. 

“You’re a competitor, that’s why we all do this. But I was humbled and thankful just to be on a Super Bowl team. Just to be in the NFL period. Some guys aren’t able to play football at all. I’m just grateful to be on a football team. 

“But this is not the end of my story. I am going to get out there and I am going to play.”

Ward was with the Eagles during their postseason run and he was there in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl.

He used every moment, every day, as an opportunity to improve. Even if nobody could see it happening.

“The biggest thing I learned was just being patient, just being humble,” he said. “Our team last year, there was nobody that was selfish. Nobody who thought they were bigger than anybody else. I learned patience and the importance of doing extra. Getting extra work, studying more, watching more film. That’s what it takes to win a championship.”

The Eagles have quite a crowd at wide receiver, with Jeffery, Agholor and Mack Hollins back, Wallace and Markus Wheaton in the fold and guys like Bryce Treggs, Shelton Gibson and Rashard Davis all also in the mix.

But Ward doesn’t concern himself with the numbers.

“The next step for me is to separate myself,” he said. "As a competitor, especially coming from being undrafted, you have to separate yourself. You have to be different. 

“You have to catch whoever’s eye it is, head coach, position coach, catch everybody’s eyes. They have to see value in you. That’s where I am right now. Trying to separate myself.”

How long will it take?

“I’m leaving that up to God,” he said. “I know I’m putting in the hard work and I know one day it will pay off. I know that day will come.”