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Frankford Avenue Transit-First Improvements Take Effect October 11

27 Stops to be Relocated or Consolidated on Trackless Trolley Route 66 to Improve Pedestrian Safety

October 09, 2015

Riders of SEPTA Trackless Trolley Route 66 are being notified of adjustments to where they board and disembark transit vehicles at more than twenty-five stops along Frankford Avenue. Signs have been posted alerting riders to these changes which will take effect on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

The changes are part of an effort to improve pedestrian safety and transit efficiency on Frankford Avenue. In all, 7 stops are being relocated to the farside of the intersection and 20 will be consolidated. "With more than 10,000 riders each weekday, Route 66 is one of SEPTA's busiest routes," said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel. "These changes will increase schedule reliability and result in service improvements for all riders along this line."

The stop adjustments were initiated by the Transit First Committee - a partnership between the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA that aims to improve transit and increase pedestrian safety throughout the city. With input from community members, the committee identified which stops along the route to move farside and which ones to remove due to safety concerns.

Transit stop changes are part of a larger Transit Signal Priority (TSP) project on the corridor. Frankford Avenue is one of six commercial corridors in the city that currently have TSP technology, which allows transit vehicles to communicate with traffic signals, extending the green light to allow additional time to travel through intersections.

"Coupled with SEPTA and the City's joint investment in Transit Signal Priority (TSP), this project will improve transit service along Frankford Avenue by consolidating stops to signalized intersections, as well as improving the flow of transit and general traffic." said Denise Goren, Director of the Mayor's Office of Transportation & Utilities.

There will be no immediate changes to the Route 66 schedule. A full list of affected stops is included with this release and has been posted online.

Passengers with any questions regarding these changes are encouraged to contact SEPTA Customer Service by phone at 215-580-7800 or on Twitter @septa_social.