Phlash Is Back With A Service Period And Expended Route

Philadelphia’s residents and visitors found purple buses on the roads again.  That’s right, the Philly PHLASH is back and kicking off the season.

PHLASH, which is managed by the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC), will operate a seven-day-a-week service through September 7, 2015, with a Friday through Sunday schedule beginning on September 11 through November 22, 2015, and picking up again to a seven-day-a-week schedule from November 27, 2015 through January 3, 2016 for the holiday season.  During these periods PHLASH will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with buses arriving at stops every 15 minutes.

“We are excited to once again provide PHLASH service to visitors during the height of the region’s tourism season. PHLASH is convenient, affordable and the best and easiest way to get to Philadelphia’s major attractions.” IVCC President and CEO James J. Cuorato said.  “This year we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding this great service by adding several stops, including a stop closer to the Barnes Foundation at 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 17th and Arch streets outside the Comcast Center, and the 1600 block of Market Street near Liberty Place.”

The route also includes a new transfer location at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that will take riders to the Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum, and Shofuso House and Garden.

“Philly PHLASH is a driving force within the city’s $9.34 billon tourism industry, which supports more than 86,000 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia area.”  Mayor Michael A. Nutter said.  “PHLASH provides visitors with direct access to key attractions, and with a new expanded route it’s even easier to access more of our great city’s cultural, arts, history, and entertainment assets throughout the year.”

Philly PHLASH stops near must-see attractions around Philadelphia including Penn’s Landing, the National Museum of American Jewish History, Independence Hall, City Hall, LOVE Park, Reading Terminal Market, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rodin Museum, Please Touch Museum, and Philadelphia Zoo.

“PHLASH is a great way to visit Philadelphia,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia®. “It connects our major attractions and is a comfortable, cost-effective way to see more, do more, and stay longer.”

At $5 for an all-day pass, or $2 per ride, PHLASH provides inexpensive, reliable, and easy traveling for those who want to experience Center City Philadelphia.  PHLASH tickets are available on the buses with exact change only, select hotels and consignment locations, and visitor center locations including, the  Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market Streets), Sister Cities Park Visitor Center (18th Street  & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,  Fairmount Park Welcome Center (16th Street & John F. Kennedy Blvd, Love Park), and the City Hall Visitor Center (City Hall, Room 121).

Operation of the PHLASH would not be possible without the generous assistance and support of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the City of Philadelphia, and SEPTA. Additionally, PHLASH continues to be in service due to the contributions of historical sites and cultural institutions throughout the city including the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Eastern State Penitentiary, Franklin Institute, National Constitution Center, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Please Touch Museum, The Shops at Liberty Place, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and Visit Philadelphia®.

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The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop seasonal transit program is managed by the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC).  PHLASH vehicle service is provided by Krapf’s Coaches. For more information about the PHLASH, visit www.phillyPHLASH.com. For information about the IVCC, visit www.PHLvisitorcenter.com.

The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is a Pennsylvania non-profit, 501(c)3 organization which operates in cooperation with the efforts of the National Park Service, Visit Philadelphia®, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For information about the IVCC, visitwww.PHLvisitorcenter.com.

The Independence Visitor Center is Independence National Historical Park’s and the region’s welcome center for people from all over the nation and the world offering visitor amenities including trip planning service, easy onsite ticketing for area attractions, multilingual Visitor Services Representatives, comprehensive daily listing of area events, attraction displays and regional maps, free, informative historical and orientation films, free wireless Internet access and much more. Follow @PHLVisitorCntr, the Visitor Center’s virtual concierge service on Twitter, and like us on Facebook. For more information about the Independence Visitor Center, visit www.PHLvisitorcenter.com.

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