Philadelphia, August 24, 2012 – City of Philadelphia and SEPTA officials announced that SEPTA is preparing to add and adjust service for the upcoming Budweiser Made In America Festival, which will be held on the Parkway Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2. Budweiser Made in America will be locally produced by Live Nation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will benefit local United Way organizations.
Mayor Michael A. Nutter urged concert-goers and visitors to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway attractions to use public transportation because SEPTA will bolster its transit schedule to get them to-and-from the show. “Philadelphia is a green, walk-able city with a world class public transportation system,” he said. “I strongly urge visitors and residents to use this great resource during Budweiser Made in America.”
SEPTA officials advised that the best method for travelling to and from Budweiser Made in America is SEPTA’s subway/subway-elevated routes, the Broad Street Line and the Market-Frankford Line. “These lines are easily accessible for riders throughout the region, with stops located just a short walking distance from the concert site,” said SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey. “Both lines also provide connections with other SEPTA rail, bus and trolley service, which gives concert-goers a number of travel options.”
SEPTA will add service on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines throughout the two-day festival, with trains running every five-to-ten minutes before, during and after the performances. Service will also be added on the Norristown High Speed Line, which provides a connection with the Market-Frankford Line at the 69th Street Transportation Center, and on city trolley routes. Details on adjustments to bus service will be announced in the coming days.
Regional Rail lines will operate on regular weekend schedule on September 1 and September 2. For ease and convenience of travel, concert-goers who may normally use Regional Rail are urged to take advantage of the extra service that will run on the Broad Street Line and Market-Frankford Line.
SEPTA will also add service for several other Labor Day weekend events. On Friday, August 31, extra trains will be added, as needed, on the Market-Frankford Line for the concert and fireworks show at Penn’s Landing. Also, trips will be added to the Broad Street Line prior to the Bruce Springsteen concerts at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3. Extra local trains will run every 10 minutes starting about one hour before these shows, which are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, riders can visit www.septa.org.
Budweiser Made in America is the first ticket-for-purchase event held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Construction of the concert venue began on August 23. Construction will cause minimal interruption to motorists up until August 30, when street closures and parking restrictions around the Parkway area will begin and run through September 3. Access to the venue is limited to Festival ticket-holders only. Festival goers are urged to purchase tickets in advance through Ticketmaster.com andLivenation.com.
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter will curate and headline the blockbuster roster of talent, which includes nearly 30 artists embodying the diverse American musical spirit. They will perform on three stages on the Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2. Performances are scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M. and conclude at 11:00 P.M. on both days.
The City will provide more details on the Festival in the coming days.