Wednesday, October 01, 2008

If You Build Acres Of Parking, They Will Drive

One of the weirdly absurd things in Philadelphia is how relatively few people actually take public transit to the stadium/arena complex. It is by design, as they're all in one place at the southern end of the city, surrounded by massive amounts of parking, and at the intersection of the two major highways going into the city. Still it's obviously a giant pain in the ass to get in and out of those parking lots, especially if there are multiple events going on, and the subway takes you right there. Apparently only a bit over 10% of those going to a baseball game actually use it.

Towards the end of the regular season, the Phillies - and the fans - really poured it on. During the final six Phillies home games, SEPTA's Broad Street Line carried an average of nearly 4,800 fans to the games. In comparison to last season's ridership totals for the final 6 games, more than 1,000 additional riders used SEPTA to cheer on the Phillies. Saturday's National League Eastern Division Championship win sizzled with ridership eclipsing 6,000 fans.