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SEPTA Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Service Plan Public Hearings

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will conduct public hearings regarding the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Service Plan.

The proposed Annual Service Plan includes changes to bus Routes 80, 88, 96, 129, 204, 205, and 206, and proposes one new bus route, Route 49. It would also make permanent, changes to the following routes which have been operating under Experimental Order Authority, 17, 23, 37, 55, 114, 117, and 120.

A Community Benefit Analysis has been performed for all of these projects. Implementation of the recommended projects will proceed pending the outcome of the public hearing process, SEPTA Board approval, and available funding.

Public Hearings

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
12:00 Noon and 5:00 PM
SEPTA Board Room
Mezzanine Level
1234 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

If you require a sign language interpreter at any of the public hearings, please make your request known in writing to SEPTA, Service Planning, 1234 Market Street, 9th FL, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3780, or by email at no later than Monday, May 14, 2018.


Listed below are the projects and descriptions included in SEPTA's FY 2019 Annual Service Plan.

Based upon public input from the FY 2018 Annual Service Plan public hearings, a revised proposal was formulated and vetted over the past year, and additional meetings were held with elected officials and community groups along the route. Route 49 would be a new bus route in the City of Philadelphia, operating from Strawberry Mansion, Brewerytown and Fairmount to Grays Ferry via University City. This new north-south route would further develop SEPTA's grid-network transit system, and is proposed to operate seven days a week. The new service would provide an important connection from nearby neighborhoods to the growing employment base and health resources located in University City. Additionally, the proposed routing would create a direct transit option between 30th Street Station and the attractions located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

This proposal includes minor route realignments at each end of the route. The northern realignment addresses declining ridership within the Horsham Corporate Center area, and would provide more direct service to employment destinations in the vicinity. The southern route realignment would decrease southbound travel times into Olney Transportation Center, by shifting service from Old York Road to Broad Street.

This proposal would extend all trips ending at Pennypack Woods to SEPTA's Gregg Street Loop at Frankford and Linden Avenues, operating via Holme Avenue, Willits Road, Crispin Street, Pennypack Street and Frankford Avenue. Service along Pennypack Street between Crispin Street and Holme Avenue would be discontinued. This new routing would operate in both directions unlike the current service which is always in a counter-clockwise direction. This extension would also create a new connection to Frankford Avenue and Routes 66 and 70, and provide an off-street recovery area for buses and bus operators.

A new terminus is being built by SEPTA on Railroad Avenue in Lansdale. This routing change would address access in and out of that location.

An alternate routing is proposed to address overcrowding for passengers going to the Keystone Industrial Park during the morning peak.

ROUTES 204, 205 and 206
Uptown Worthington would be served on all trips by Route 204, as part of the base route. Route 205 would be discontinued in its entirety, with portions of the current route between Paoli Hospital and Swedesford Road added to a reconfigured Route 206. Route 206 would no longer serve Uptown Worthington, with service replaced by Route 204.

The following projects are operating under Experimental Order authority and are proposed to be made permanent.

An extension to Penn's Landing viaduct from Front and Market Streets, which was implemented in order to accommodate articulated buses.

An extension from Chestnut to Locust Streets implemented to facilitate easier turning movements.

A relocation of Route 37 to highway Route 291 from Powhattan Avenue in Delaware County, requested by local businesses.

A turn back routing north of Street Road in Warrington Township utilizing Valley Square Boulevard.

An extension to Penn State Brandywine, as a result of construction for the Promenade at Granite Run. It is proposed to make this extension part of the base route.

A restoration of service at Plaza 352 in Brookhaven.

An alternate routing serving Crozer-Keystone at Broomall.

Tariff Documents

A copy of the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Service Plan and associated tariffs, which provide a detailed description of the proposed changes, is available for inspection at SEPTA's Customer Service Office, 1234 Market Street, Lobby, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The proposed Annual Service Plan with maps can be downloaded as a PDF. Links to the associated tariffs are noted in the Proposals above.

A copy of the above notice and tariffs is also available to be heard at the offices of the Associated Services for the Blind, 919 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Sending Comments

If you wish to comment but cannot attend the public hearings, comments received in writing will be entered into the record and be afforded the same consideration as if you attended and testified at the public hearings. All written comments should be received no later than Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Send your comments to SEPTA, Service Planning, 1234 Market Street, 9th FL, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3780.

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