SEPTA is partnering with Via - the leader in TransitTech - to provide on-demand, free late-night service for workers at growing job sites in Lower Bucks County. The new service, called “SEPTA Owl Link,” begins on Monday, May 10, 2021.
SEPTA Owl Link will provide service between existing stops on Bus Routes 14, 56 and 66 and a growing number of local businesses that operate with late shifts. SEPTA Owl Link service will operate between 10:30pm and 6am, seven days a week. Customers need to show their SEPTA Key card to board the Owl Link vehicle, but there is no fare charged for Owl Link service.
SEPTA Owl Link is aimed at closing the first-and-last mile gap - or the distance between an existing transit stop and a destination.
This innovative partnership with Via will provide immediate benefits to customers who are traveling to-and-from work.
How to Use SEPTA Owl Link:
· Download the SEPTA Owl Link Mobile App on the App Store or get it on Google Play to make reservations or call the SEPTA CCT Reservation Line at (215) 580-7114.
· Trips can be booked up to one week in advance and no less than 30 minutes prior to the ride.
· Select a desired pick-up and drop-off location. Via’s technology will direct workers to a nearby “virtual bus stop” for pick-up, allowing for quick and efficient shared trips.
· For more information about this service including frequently asked questions, click here.
This on-demand service will help ensure that third-shift workers have safe, reliable and affordable options as they plan for job-related travel.
This pilot program also gives SEPTA an opportunity to evaluate this type of first-and-last mile service for other locations.
The launch of SEPTA Owl Link is the first phase of the rollout of an “Integrated Mobility Solution” (IMS), powered by Via’s technology platform, that will provide a foundation for transit innovation in SEPTA’s network. SEPTA was awarded a trial of Via’s IMS platform after applying for Via’s competitive Grant for Integrated Mobility. The project will introduce multimodal and intermodal trip planning that will enable passengers to both view and book their entire journey between SEPTA Owl Link and local bus and train connections.
For more information about Via, visit https://ridewithvia.com/.