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Annual Service Plan Hearings

Route 49 routing

SEPTA is inviting riders and other residents to public hearings regarding the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Service Plan. Hearings will be held Tuesday, 5/9 and Wednesday, 5/10.

The proposed service plan includes two new city bus Routes – the Route 49, which would connect Brewerytown and Fairmount to Grays Ferry and University City, and the launch of Roosevelt Boulevard District Bus service. There would also be changes to bus Route 132 which services areas in northern Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

The hearings will be held on Tuesday, 5/9 at noon and 5p in the Board Room at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia and on Wednesday, 5/10 at 2p at the Souderton Municipal Building, 31 West Summit Street, Souderton, PA.

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. The SEPTA Board is expected to vote on the plan at an upcoming meeting.

Highlights of the proposed FY 2018 Annual Service Plan include:

New Bus Route 49: Establish a new north-south bus route, which would operate from Brewerytown and Fairmount to Grays Ferry and University City. It would provide an important connection from nearby neighborhoods to the growing employment base and create a direct transit option between 30th Street Station and the attractions located along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

Roosevelt Boulevard Direct Bus: New limited-stop service along Roosevelt Boulevard with some elements of Bus Rapid Transit. Buses would operate from Frankford Transportation Center to Neshaminy Mall, making only eight stops in each direction.

Route 132: This proposal would provide service to a retail and health service corridor in Hilltown Township. As part of the project, SEPTA would work with local and state officials in an effort to improve access from the new routing to the adjacent businesses.

A copy of the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Service Plan and associated tariffs, which provide a detailed description of the proposed changes, is available for inspection at SEPTA's Customer Service Office, 1234 Market Street, Lobby, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The proposed Annual Service Plan with maps is on the SEPTA website in the Reports section. Links to the associated tariffs are also available there.

If you wish to comment but cannot attend the public hearings, comments received in writing 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 Monday, May 8, 2017. Send your comments to SEPTA, Service Planning, 1234 Market Street, 9th FL, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3780. If you wish to submit comments electronically, click here.

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