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Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Service Plan

Invitation to Attend Public Open House Meetings

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12:00 Noon to 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

SEPTA Board Room
1234 Market Street, Mezzanine Level
Philadelphia, PA 19017

Following is a list and descriptions of the projects to be included in SEPTA's Fiscal Year 2019 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.

The following new projects will be discussed at the Open House meeting for inclusion in the Plan.

Implementation of projects is contingent upon available funding. Below are brief project descriptions.

This proposal would establish a new bus route in the City of Philadelphia, which would operate from Strawberry Mansion, Brewerytown and Fairmount to Grays Ferry via University City. The new north-south route aims to further develop SEPTA's grid-network transit system. This service is proposed to operate seven days a week. It 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 Holme and Pennypack Avenues to Frankford and Linden Avenues. Currently, trips ending at Pennypack Woods serve the community operating a counter-clockwise loop, with two recovery locations on Holme Avenue at Pennypack Street, and Willits Road at Crispin Street. These trips would be extended to SEPTA's Gregg Street Loop at Frankford and Linden Avenues, operating a clockwise loop serving the community via Holme Avenue, Crispin Street, Pennypack Street and Frankford Avenue. Service along Pennypack Street between Crispin Street and Holme Avenue would be discontinued. This end of line extension would create a new connection with 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 in 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.

The following projects are conceptual route and service proposals under development.

The concept is to split Route 95 into two routes. One would operate between Gulph Mills and Plymouth Meeting Mall. The second would provide service between Plymouth Meeting Mall and Willow Grove Park. Further fiscal analysis and customer outreach will be conducted before this project is advanced.

ROUTES 99 and 131
The concept is to provide a more direct service from Norristown Transportation Center to Phoenixville on Route 131. Route 99 would provide service from Norristown Transportation Center to Audubon by way of King of Prussia. This was first presented in the FY 2018 Annual Service Plan, but additional public feedback is sought.

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.