Roads, Highways & Bridges
While Greater Philadelphia is the fourth-largest metro region in the United States, it ranks well below the national average for traffic delays. The region's comprehensive transportation system includes an extensive network of interstate, state and local highways and roads, providing plenty of options to commuters.
Major roadways through the Greater Philadelphia region include the Pennsylvania Turnpike, north and west of the city; Interstate 95, a major north-south corridor on the east side of the city; Interstate 476 (Blue Route), which runs north-south through the western Pennsylvania suburbs; Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway), which takes travelers from the northwestern Pennsylvania suburbs down to South Philadelphia; Interstate 676 (Vine Street Expressway), which conveniently cuts right through Center City.
The New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 295 are heavily traveled in southern New Jersey and run parallel to each other. Routes 70, 73, 38 and 55 are also important roadways in southern New Jersey. The Atlantic City Expressway connects the Philadelphia metropolitan area with Atlantic City and other South Jersey shore points by way of the Garden State Parkway. Interstates 295 and 495 both flow into Delaware, where they connect with Interstate 95.
The Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Tacony-Palmyra Bridges carry traffic between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the Delaware Memorial Bridge takes travelers from Delaware to New Jersey. Each of these bridges accepts EZ Pass, as do the major toll roads in the area.