Philadelphia PHLASH
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Philadelphia PHLASH
Philadelphia PHLASH
Krapf Bus New Flyer Industries Midi (MD35) 1415 Phlash bus.jpg
A Philly Phlash New Flyer MiDi bus
Operator Independence Visitor Center Corporation
Operated by SEPTA and Krapf's Transit
Vehicle Tourist bus
Status Operational
Began service 1994[1]
Routes 1
Locale Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stations 22
Daily ridership 190,000 (2015)[2]

The Philadelphia PHLASH (also known as the Philly PHLASH) is a tourist bus route in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that started operations in the year 1994. The bus route is particularly notable for connecting Philadelphia's main tourist attractions such as the Independence Hall/Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Penn's Landing.[3] The route mainly operates during the daytime and mainly around major holidays catering mainly to tourists who are not familiar with the city landscape.[4]

The major attractions served are:

  • Independence Hall / Liberty Bell
  • Penn's Landing
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia Zoo[5]
Tourist bus, the Philly Phlash, in back of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Route history

Until 1994, the route was run by the Center City District, at which point ownership was transferred to the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) in an attempt to avert a shutdown of the route.

In 2014, SEPTA lobbied Harrisburg for more funding, which got approval that year for $900,000 with an additional $250,000 from SEPTA. The operation contract was eventually awarded to Krapf's Transit, though it remains overseen by the IVCC.[6] Service is provided using seven 30-foot and 35-foot MiDi buses, then manufactured by New Flyer under licence from Alexander Dennis.[7]

Starting in 2016, the service opened in May, which is earlier than in previous seasons.[8]


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