Getting to Work: Transit, Density & Opportunity
This report details how workers in Center City and the region arrive at their jobs and the impact these choices have on Philadelphia's downtown economy.
Strategically positioned halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C., Center City connects the fifth largest region in the United States.
Philadelphia is strategically positioned halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C., within a train ride of the financial and political capitals of the United States. Philadelphia’s Amtrak station, the third busiest in the country, connects Center City to the entire Northeast Corridor, which has the largest concentration of people, jobs and economic productivity in the nation.
Center City is just 15 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport and within two hours flying time for 50% of the American population. With direct flights to 95 domestic and 36 international destinations, including non-stop flights to 15 major Western European cities, Center City is an ideal location for companies seeking to connect employees to customers and business operations throughout the Northeast United States and Western Europe.
Center City sits at the center of an extensive multi-modal transportation system that provides direct access to an 11-county region with a labor pool of more than 3 million people. Workers from all Philadelphia neighborhoods and surrounding PA, NJ and DE suburbs can conveniently get to work downtown, with close to 300,000 daily transit passengers coming through Center City stations. Over 1 million regional workers live within one mile of a rail station with train service to Center City, providing a large and diverse labor pool for businesses located in Center City.