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SEPTA's FY 2015 Annual Service Plan Public Hearings

Tuesday, April 22 & Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will conduct public hearings regarding the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan.

The proposed Annual Service Plan includes changes to the following SEPTA routes: 35, 43, 68, 91, 108, 201, 205 and 206. It also includes the discontinuance of Route 116. Revisions to the Service Standards and Process document are also proposed.

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.


Listed below are the projects and descriptions included in SEPTA's FY 2015 Annual Service Plan.

Route 35

Route 35 is a circulator bus service within the Manayunk and Roxborough communities providing service to shopping and to medical services along Ridge Avenue and connections to other SEPTA routes at the Wissahickon Transportation Center. While the service is essential for seniors and others without access to an automobile, it is the lowest performing SEPTA City Transit route, with an 8% cost recovery from fares. This is far below the 19% minimum standard for City Division routes. Staff is proposing schedule changes to bring Route 35 closer to the minimum acceptable operating ratio.

Staff is proposing to modify service frequency from 30 minutes to 45 minutes on weekdays, similar to the current weekend service level, and to discontinue little used trips at the end of the service day. These changes would raise the cost recovery to 13%.

Route 43

Route 43 operates from 50th Street & Parkside Avenue in West Philadelphia to Richmond & Cumberland Streets in Port Richmond. Due to the I-95 Girard Avenue interchange project, Route 43 has been detoured from its normal routing along Richmond and Beach Streets.

The current detour takes the westbound route along Huntingdon Street, turning south onto Aramingo Avenue, and then resumes the regular routing at Delaware Avenue and Columbia Avenue. Some of SEPTA's customers have expressed a preference for the detour routing over the regular route. As part of the 2015 Annual Service Plan, various options for the Route 43 post-detour routing were evaluated, including both the original routing, as well as the current detour routing.

The preferred option, however, is a routing similar to the current detour which uses the former Cumberland Street loop to turn around and then travels west on Cumberland before turning south on Aramingo Avenue. This option is less expensive than the current detour but retains the stops along Aramingo and Delaware Avenues, which have proven popular with passengers.

Click here to download the Route 43 Tariff, NO. 119, Supplement No. 9

Routes 68, 108, & 116

Presently, Route 68 connects South Philadelphia with the UPS Air Hub, Route 108 connects 69th Street Transportation Center (TC) with Southwest Philadelphia, the UPS Air Hub, Philadelphia International Airport and the Airport Business Center, and Route 116 operates limited weekday service between 69th Street TC and the USPS facility at 74th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard. The following initiatives are proposed:

Extend Route 68 weekday service to 69th Street TC replacing most Route 108 service to UPS (except late-evening and Owl service) and covering portions of Route 116

Revise Route 108 so that all trips operating beyond 65th Street & Elmwood Avenue would serve Philadelphia International Airport

Improve Route 108 weekday peak hour service to the Airport Business Center

Improve Route 108 weekend service between 69th Street TC and Philadelphia International Airport

Discontinue mid-day and evening Route 108 service to Airport Business Center due to low ridership

Discontinue Route 116 and restructure extended Route 68 service via portions of Route 116

Click on the links below to download the following tariffs:

Route 68 Tariff, No. 47, Supplement No. 14

Route 108 Tariff, No. 196, Supplement No. 5

Route 116 Tariff, No. 262, Supplement No. 1

Route 91

Route 91 operates on Saturdays only between Norristown Transportation Center and the State Correctional Institution (SCI) at Graterford. Due to changes in access to SCI-Graterford created by a weight restricted bridge and the closing of an alternate access, SEPTA is operating on a long-term detour. The detour also provides closer access to the new prison currently under construction at the site. SEPTA is proposing changing the routing to reduce overlap with Route 93 and reduce trip mileage.

Click here to download the Route 91 Tariff, No. 188, Supplement No. 3

Route 201

This route serves the Fort Washington Industrial Park, connecting to weekday Lansdale/Doylestown Regional Rail trains at Fort Washington Station. A minor routing adjustment is proposed to connect to a planned commercial development on Susquehanna Road.

Click here to download the Route 201 Tariff, No. 200, Supplement No. 4

Route 205 & 206

Routes 205 and 206 serve various points in Great Valley from the Paoli Regional Rail Station, connecting with weekday peak period Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail trains. Route 205 also makes selected trips to Phoenixville. Route 205, a contracted service, has been funded through PennDOT's U.S. Route 202, Section 300 reconstruction project.

The proposal includes taking portions of Route 205 service and adding them to Route 206, while discontinuing Route 205 service to Phoenixville, due to low ridership. Route 205 service would instead be extended to new service areas within the Great Valley and Chesterbrook corporate centers, providing a direct connection from Paoli Regional Rail Station to the Chesterbrook employment center.

Click on the links below to download the following tariffs:

Route 205 Tariff, No. 263, Supplement No. 2

Route 206 Tariff, No. 169, Supplement No. 2

Proposed Amendments to SEPTA Service Standards and Process

On-Time Performance

The present transit standard for schedule adherence is based on scheduled headways and a percentage figure (frequencies range from 0 to 10 minutes and greater than 10 minutes, depending on day and time of day). The Regional Rail standard measures schedule adherence, with trains considered on time under 5 minutes and 59 seconds. SEPTA staff is examining ways to redefine on-time performance standards by mode and other qualitative factors.

Tariff Documents

A copy of the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Service Plan and associated tariffs, which provides a detailed description of the proposed changes, is available for inspection at SEPTA's Customer Service Office, 1234 Market Street, Lobby, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or by clicking here.

Public Hearings

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
12:00 Noon and 5:00 PM
SEPTA Board Room
Mezzanine Level
1234 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
3:30 PM
Great Valley Corporate Center
5 Countryview Road, 2nd FL
Malvern, PA 19355
Click here for directions

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
7:00 PM
Montgomery Conference Room, 2nd FL
One Montgomery Plaza
425 Swede Street
Norristown, PA 19401
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Submitting & Sending Comments

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, no later than April 4, 2014.

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 cannot attend the public hearings, but wish to enter your comments, written comments 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, April 23, 2014. Send your comments to SEPTA, Service Planning, 1234 Market Street, 9th FL, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3780.

If you wish to submit comments by online, you may do so using the form below.

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