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Live and Real-Time: Transit Digital Displays in Greater Philadelphia

Philadelphia is known for its rich historical heritage, dynamic cultural scene, and growing urban landscape. As the city’s population expands and the need for efficient transit becomes ever more critical, Philadelphia offers a variety of reliable and accessible transportation options to its residents, visitors, and businesses. SEPTA’s buses, subways, trolleys, and regional rail lines form the backbone of public transit, complemented by innovative bike-sharing programs like Indego and rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft. 

In this guide, we explore the different real-time transportation options displayed on digital displays like Actionfigure® Screen in the Philadelphia area that make up an eco-friendly, seamless commuting and travel experience. A review by the US Department of Transportation found that providing Actionfigure’s real-time TransitScreen® provides employees, residents, and tenants with the best experience getting transportation information for their next trip or commute. Read more about all the featured transportation options below!

Despite the wealth of transportation options available in Philadelphia, a recent survey conducted by Actionfigure with Philly-based transportation think tank 82 Alliance found that over half of employers were not meaningfully engaged with employee commutes, indicating that workplaces can do much more to engage their employees around transportation. Providing employees with personalized commute plans with Actionfigure Insight, and transit passes through SEPTA’s popular Key Advantage program, is a great way to support employee commutes. 

Real-time Philadelphia digital displays


Image: Actionfigure Screen, a digital display showing real-time transportation updates in Philadelphia

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is the main public transportation system in Philadelphia. It offers a comprehensive network of buses, trolleys, subways, and regional rail lines that connect the city center with neighboring counties, including Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware. SEPTA also connects to transit systems in Delaware and New Jersey.

Actionfigure Screen keeps Philadelphia commuters and travelers in the loop with live updates from SEPTA, offering up-to-the-minute schedules and departures across the Metro, bus line, and regional railways. Whether you’re on your way to the office, exploring Philadelphia’s famous sights, or en route to a Sixers game, SEPTA offers a reliable and convenient option to travel. 

SEPTA Metro (Subways, Elevated, Trolleys)

SEPTA’s newly renamed “Metro” includes the subways, trolleys, and elevated lines that link numerous neighborhoods and key destinations throughout Philadelphia. SEPTA’s Metro encompasses 6 lines: L, B, T, G, D, and M. Each line corresponds to the 6 transit lines formerly known as the Market-Frankford line, Broad Street line, Subway-Surface Trolleys, Route 15 Trolley, Media-Sharon Hill line, and Norristown High Speed Line, respectively.

SEPTA Bus Services

SEPTA operates an extensive bus network throughout Philadelphia and its four surrounding counties: Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware. For Philadelphia workers living in or near these areas, the SEPTA bus proves a viable, practical choice for commuting.

SEPTA Regional Rail

SEPTA’s regional rail service offers efficient connections between Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs including Lower Merion Township, as well as New Jersey and Delaware. Commuters and visitors can travel to over 150 stations in these locations from 5:30am until midnight.

Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO)

Commonly known as the PATCO, the Port Authority Transit Corporation is a transit line that connects Philadelphia with southern New Jersey, offering a quick and convenient way to travel between the two. It’s a vital link for those commuting or traveling between Philadelphia’s urban charm and New Jersey’s suburban areas, providing efficient cross-Delaware River transportation.

Actionfigure Screen provides real-time information on PATCO train arrivals, helping commuters plan their trips more efficiently. With access to precise train arrival times, passengers can reduce their wait and optimize their travel experience between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey.

Digital displays with PATCO, Photo: PATCO train crossing the Benjamin Franklin Bridge

NJ Transit Bus

NJ Transit operates a comprehensive bus network across New Jersey, linking Philadelphia to major transit hubs, including train stations, light rail stops, and key destinations throughout the state and into New York City. 

Actionfigure Screen provides real-time updates on bus arrivals for NJ Transit, offering passengers the latest, most accurate information. This enables commuters to efficiently plan their bus travel in coordination with other transit services, enhancing the overall convenience and effectiveness of their commute.

Bike-Sharing Programs

In recent years, bike-sharing programs have seen a surge in popularity across the globe, and Philadelphia is no exception. These programs offer both locals and tourists an accessible and environmentally friendly option for covering distances within the city.


Indego, Philadelphia’s flagship bike-sharing program, offers a flexible and eco-friendly transportation alternative. Launched in 2015, Indego provides a network of over 2,000 bikes available for short-term rental, making it simple for both commuters and tourists to zip around the city quickly and sustainably. Whether for commuting, exploring, or just enjoying a leisurely ride, Indego enhances urban mobility in one of the nation’s most bikeable cities.

Actionfigure Screen provides real-time information on nearby Indego stations and bike availability. By accessing this data, cyclists can easily locate nearby stations and plan their routes accordingly. Whether you’re commuting to work, running errands, or exploring the city, Indigo stands out as a practical, eco-friendly choice for getting around in the city.

Rideshare Services

Rideshare services, such as Uber and Lyft, have revolutionized the way people travel in urban areas. These services allow users to request a ride with just a few taps on their smartphone app, providing a convenient alternative to traditional taxis.

Actionfigure Screen can display real-time information on the availability of rideshare services, allowing commuters to see how many minutes it will take to find a ride. By utilizing this information, passengers can plan their journeys more effectively and minimize waiting times.

Real-Time Sustainable Transportation Displays

Philadelphia offers a wealth of transportation options, from comprehensive public transit systems like SEPTA, PATCO, and NJ Transit, to bike-sharing programs and rideshare services. With real-time transportation information aggregated on digital displays like Actionfigure Screen, commuters can make the most informed decisions about their travel in Philadelphia and beyond.

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