Watch: Why Philly rides the El, at every stop on the Market-Frankford line (video)

Reasons that make it the most-used transit line in the city.

Along the Market-Frankford line

Along the Market-Frankford line

Jared Whalen / Philly.com

The Market-Frankford Line might be saving Philadelphia and contributing to a mini population boom. But it’s also the workhorse of the city and a necessary lifeline for thousands of people who depend on it daily to get to work or school or wherever else. As part of Billy Penn‘s continuing partnership with Philly.com in which we’re examining the city’s most-used transit line, we took the El from one end to another, talking with people at every stop along the line.

We met everyone from West Philly moms to high school students to recovering addicts in Kensington to religious evangelists from Upper Darby and pretty much everyone in between. We heard a few common refrains, including that the El is a fast, convenient and entirely essential mode of transportation that can, at times, have some severe imperfections — but most of the people we spoke with also didn’t know what they’d do without it.

The following video, produced by Philly.com‘s Jared Whalen, includes the highlights of our conversations at every El station in Philly, from Frankford to 69th Street.

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