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Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Service Plan Public Open House Meetings

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Following is a list and descriptions of the projects proposed for inclusion in SEPTA's Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Service Plan. The Plan is a one-year plan that identifies new transit services or significant changes to existing services for the following fiscal year. It includes submissions from outside sources, as well as by SEPTA staff. Submissions were received in accordance with SEPTA's Service Standards and Process guidelines, and have been or are presently being evaluated through the Comparative Evaluation Process. The Service Standards enable an objective evaluation of all major route and service changes using standardized criteria.

In addition, there are two amendments proposed to SEPTA's Service Standards and Process, addressing the definition of a Major Service Change, and guidelines for Fare-Sales Coverage.

The following projects will be discussed at the Open House Meetings for inclusion in the Plan. Implementation of projects is contingent upon available funding. Below are brief project descriptions.


Route 23 travels between Chestnut Hill and South Philadelphia with service through Center City. With almost 24,000 average weekday riders, it is SEPTA's busiest surface route and presents on-going schedule adherence and loading challenges. To address these issues, SEPTA is proposing to split Route 23 into two distinct routes. Route 23 would travel between Chestnut Hill and Center City via Germantown Avenue and 12th Street, turning onto Chestnut and then 11th Street to resume northbound routing. New Route 45 would replace the southern portion of existing Route 23 and would travel north via 11th Street, turn left onto Noble Street and then resume southbound travel via 12th Street. This change would improve many of the issues that currently impact the route while still providing direct service to and from Center City for all passengers. It will be proposed that passengers needing to transfer between Routes 23 and 45 would be able to do so at no charge.

ROUTES 25, 26, 73, and 84

In order to improve passenger convenience at Frankford Transportation Center (FTC), SEPTA staff is proposing changes to the way Routes 25, 26, 73, and 84 enter and exit FTC. Route 26 trips that travel via Harbison would be eliminated (all trips would arrive and leave FTC via Frankford Avenue). Route 73 would replace those trips along Harbison Avenue, traveling via Harbison, Cheltenham, and Bustleton en route to the FTC. Route 25 would travel to FTC via Margaret Street and Frankford Avenue. Route 84 would retain its current Bridge Street routing but cross Frankford Avenue to enter the FTC.

These changes would improve passenger convenience as riders would no longer exit Routes 25, 73, and 84 at the northeast corner of Bridge and Frankford and have to walk across Frankford Avenue to reach the FTC.


Route 53 operates from West Mt. Airy to Hunting Park Station. In response to requests from the public, a route extension along Hunting Park Avenue between 9th and G streets is being considered. The extension aims to address the transit needs of the rapidly developing Hunting Park Avenue Corridor while providing direct connections to a number of other area routes including Routes 4, 47, and 57. Recent development in this area includes the Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter School, Fortaleza Rehab Center, and Hunting Park Plaza. Initially, this extension would provide mid-day service on weekdays, and service between 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekends. On all other trips, Route 53 would follow its current routing and terminate at Hunting Park Station.

ROUTES 12 and 40

To better integrate bus service into future developments near Penn's Landing it has been proposed to extend the eastern termini of Routes 12 and 40. Route 12, which originates from 50th and Woodland Avenue, would have its eastern terminus extended from 3rd and Pine Streets to Columbus Boulevard and Dock Street. This extension would provide an access to Penn's Landing as well as a direct connection to Route 25 that serves points south including Columbus Commons and Pier 70 shopping centers.

Route 40, which originates in West Park, would have its eastern terminus extended from 2nd and South Streets to Front and South Streets. This extension would provide improved access to Penn's Landing via a connection to the South Street pedestrian bridge. Additionally, the new terminus location would allow for a second bus, which will result in improved service on the route.

ROUTES 31 and 32

SEPTA is considering the feasibility of extending either Route 31 or 32 from their current termini near City Hall and Broad and Carpenter Streets (respectively) into Queen Village. Route 31 would travel via Market Street and 4th Street to Christian Street, then travel east on Christian Street to Columbus Boulevard ending around Washington Avenue and Front Street. Route 32 would turn from Broad Street onto Christian Street and travel via Christian until Columbus Boulevard, abandoning the stops currently below Christian Street. Either route extension would provide a one-seat ride for neighborhood residents into Center City. In the case of Route 31, residents would also have a one-seat ride into University City.


Route 64 operates from 50th and Parkside Avenue in West Philadelphia to Pier 70 in South Philadelphia. It has been requested that the westbound routing be realigned from 33rd and Grays Ferry Avenue to Wharton and 34th Streets. This would eliminate a left turn at an unsignalized intersection and the delays that sometimes occur as a result.


Route 55 operates from Olney Transportation Center to Willow Grove and Doylestown. In its northbound routing the 55 travels from Old York Road to Broad Street via 65th Avenue. When it snows the bus cannot negotiate the hill on 65th Avenue. To avoid this problem, it has been proposed that all northbound buses be permanently re-routed to connect from Old York Road to Broad Street via either Stenton or Chelten Avenue.


Route 98 operates between Plymouth Meeting Mall and Norristown Transportation Center, serving Blue Bell. The proposal would change the terminus of the route from Plymouth Meeting Mall to Blue Bell, resulting in additional service on Germantown Pike, creating a shorter trip for passengers traveling between Plymouth Meeting and Norristown and better managing seat capacity during peak periods for passengers travelling between Blue Bell and Plymouth Meeting Mall.

ROUTES 105 and 106

Route 105 operates between Paoli and 69th Street Transportation Center, serving Ardmore and Lankenau Medical Center. Route 106 operates between Paoli and Ardmore and 69th Street Transportation Center, serving Overbrook Park and Penn Wynne. The proposal would extend trips currently ending either at Cricket Terrace or Suburban Square in Ardmore to the Rosemont Regional Rail Station. It would also provide a single route designation from Rosemont to Paoli Hospital.


This route operates between Cheyney University and Chester Transportation Center, serving Marcus Hook. The proposal would allow selected trips to use Chichester Avenue through the communities of Boothwyn and Linwood providing new access points and a faster trip for through riders.


This route connects Neshaminy Mall and Oxford Valley Mall, serving Bristol and Levittown. The proposal would extend service on Street Road from Hulmeville Road to Richlieu Road and would provide direct access from Croydon, Bristol and Levittown to Parx Casino. A lightly patronized section on Hulmeville and Galloway Roads would be discontinued.


Service would no longer stop at County Line Station, due to low ridership.


Revised standard for Major-Service Changes

There are two revisions to the Major-Service Change Standard. The first is the addition of a Disproportionate-Burden Analysis for low-income populations. Currently, the standard includes only a Disparate-Impact Analysis for minority populations. The second change increases the percent from 10 to 20 for when a disparate-impact analysis and a disproportionate-burden analysis would be conducted. The 20 percent is consistent with the nationally recognized and adopted "four-fifths rule."

New standard for Fare-Sales Coverage

Per Title VI regulations, SEPTA developed a standard for fare-sales coverage that proposes the following guidelines that establish a reasonable coverage for the locations of SEPTA's fare sales.

City Transit Division and Suburban Transit Divisions

An area is considered "well-served" if a sales location is no more than 1/4 mile (approximately 1,320 feet) from passenger's origin point; approximately five minutes walking time. An area is considered "served" if a sales location is no more than 1/2 mile (approximately 2,640 feet) from passenger's origin point; approximately 10 minutes walking time.

Regional Rail Division

SEPTA shall provide ticket offices at stations which are owned and maintained by SEPTA and have 500 or more boarding or alighting passengers. The 500 or more boarding or alighting passengers applies to platforms in the prevailing direction of travel.

NOTE: SEPTA may revise this standard with the full implementation of SEPTA Key.

Public Open House Meetings

As part of the Annual Service Plan process, public open house meetings will be held prior to finalizing the Plan. Representatives of affected citizen groups, public agencies, elected officials and interested individuals are encouraged to attend. The purpose of these meetings is to receive input regarding items, which are included in the Plan prior to the tariff and public hearing process. The date, time(s) and location of the meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

SEPTA Board Room
Mezzanine, 1234 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

If you, or a representative, are not planning to attend the meetings, but wish to submit comments in writing, you may do so by sending them to SEPTA's Service Planning Department, 1234 Market Street, 9th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107. If you wish to submit comments by email, you may do so using the electronic form below.

The SEPTA Service Standards and Process document is available on-line under the "Reports" section of the SEPTA website.

The FY 2016 Plan will follow a timeline aimed at Fall 2015 implementation for approved projects, pending available funding and approval by the SEPTA Board.

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