Philly Phlash buses return for summer — and beyond

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 New Phlash Bus is bigger and roomier than the trolley-style buses it replaces (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

New Phlash Bus is bigger and roomier than the trolley-style buses it replaces (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

A tourist staple has returned to Philadelphia’s streets with a new twist. 

The Phlash buses that help tourists get around Center City will run from now through Labor Day seven days a week and on the weekends through Christmas.

Thanks to a state grant, the new Phlash buses are state of the art, said James Cuorato, CEO of the Independence Visitor Center.

“It’s not the same trolley that’s been used in the past,” he said. “These are buses called midis — they are a little bit larger, have better seating capacity. They will still have the same trademark purple color, so you’ll never have to worry that you won’t recognize a Phlash vehicle.”

The one-trip fare is $2 and a day-pass with unlimited rides is $5.

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