NEW SERVICE: ROUTE 49
Service Began: Feb. 2019
Local Service Connecting Growing Neighborhoods with University City Job Market
Ridership: Already more than 1,750 riders per Weekday (Ultimate Goal: 3,000)
New Service: Direct Bus
BOULEVARD DIRECT, serving Roosevelt Boulevard between Frankford Transportation Center and the Neshaminy Mall, is the first route operating under the new SEPTA DIRECT BUS brand. This new route offers an efficient and reliable travel option, with frequent service, and fewer stops.
Direct Bus stop is a limited stop service, meaning that each stop is about a mile apart. Each stop - or "station" - features waiting shelters, benches, transit signage, and other customer amenities.
Service began in November 2017, features 3,100 riders on a typical weekday. Ridership is currently rising at 5% per year.
The Direct Bus service was developed as part of a partnership between SEPTA and the City of Philadelphia Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) to enhance public transit access in Philadelphia.
Visit the Direct Bus microsite to learn more: https://septa.org/directbus/index.html
REAL-TIME INFO/MOBILE APP:
Every bus equipped with cellular modem, polling location every 30 seconds (instead of every 3 minutes)
High-quality real-time info disseminated to customers via new SEPTA mobile app
Mobile app being integrated with SEPTA Key & Transit Watch - Vision: A Single App
ALL NEW BUSES EQUIPPED WITH:
Digital Screens for Real-Time Info, SEPTA Messaging, and Advertising
USB Charging Ports at Every Seat
MARKET/CHESTNUT STREET ENFORCEMENT:
SEPTA, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Parking Authority to Address Growing Congestion in Center City
Enforcement Focus on Laws Already on the Book: Blocking Bus Lane, Double Parking, Illegal Turns
Chestnut St: 2.5 Minutes Saved Per Bus Trip
Market St: 0.5 Minutes Saved Per Bus Trip