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SEPTA Stays in the Loop at 23rd and Venango

David Gaines
SEPTA Media Relations

SEPTA is always looking for new ways to improve service for riders, from providing more customer amenities to replacing aging infrastructure. This week SEPTA completed the renovation of the 23rd and Venango bus loop, creating a safer environment for customers and encouraging economic development in the neighborhood.

On Monday, June 15th, SEPTA gathered with elected officials and community members for a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the newly reconstructed 23rd and Venango Bus Loop in the Allegheny West section of North Philadelphia.

This $1.7 million project fully renovated a key, but aging center for bus transfers and connections in the rapidly redeveloping commercial and neighborhood corridor. Over 5,000 riders connect daily to transit services at the loop. The 23rd and Venango Bus Loop is served by six SEPTA bus routes (1, 33, 56, H, R, and XH). Beyond connections to transit, the loop provides access to the area's business and community institutions including the Salvation Army's Kroc Center and the Bakers Centre' Shopping Complex.

"Now, our 23rd and Venango facility is not only an improved SEPTA bus loop, but a grand gateway and transfer point for riders and the residents of North Philadelphia." said SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey.
At the renovated loop, passengers will enjoy newly raised bus boarding islands, modern rider shelters, enhanced lighting and landscaping; new trash/recycling bins and additional bike parking racks. Safety upgrades around the loop were also addressed with the installation of ADA-accessible curb cuts, added bus lane and crosswalk striping, lighting enhancements in and around the site, and repaved pedestrian sidewalks.

"This is an exciting day for Philadelphia, for SEPTA, for this neighborhood, and most importantly, for the 5,000 riders that travel through the 23rd and Venango Bus Loop daily. I am pleased to have helped secure the federal funding that made this improvement project possible, and SEPTA deserves immense credit for their sustained commitment to advancing our region's transit infrastructure," said U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah who spoke at today's ribbon cutting ceremony. "Not only does this project stand to improve accessibility and safety for all residents of the community, the renovated transit hub is integral to the overall revitalization of the Allegheny West neighborhood."

Joining SEPTA and Congressman Fattah at the ribbon cutting were Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass and Allegheny West Foundation President Ronald Hinton. "We're excited about the reinvestment," said Hinton, "we think that it shows that this is a place where people want to live and raise their families, and we really thank SEPTA for their commitment to our neighborhoods."
SEPTA resumed normal service through the loop this week. Riders had been directed to board bus service at temporary stops nearby during the year-long project. "I want to thank our customers who use this loop for their patience and support during the renovation - and I hope you're pleased with the new and improved 23rd and Venango Bus Loop." said Casey.

SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey joined by Community and Elected Leaders for the Loop Ribbon Cutting.

23rd and Venango Loop Serves As A Terminus for Bus Routes 33 and 56.