SEPTA to expand service

August 14, 2008 3:49:46 PM PDT
SEPTA calls it a historic expansion as it is the largest addition to its routes ever. 38,000 people ride SEPTA every day. It sometimes results in crowded buses or trains and long waits for service. As gas prices increased during the last year, SEPTA ridership rose 5-percent with rail use climbing 10-percent.

So today, SEPTA announced a 65 point service expansion that increases the number and frequency of buses and trains along the systems most heavily used routes.

"That's nice. They do need more buses any more. You have to wait too long for a bus," Geraldine White of South Philadelphia said.

A hundred new fuel efficient hybrid buses will soon be on the street. These accordion style buses that seat 65 instead of the typical 39 will increase capacity on busy routes.

"Any additional service is good especially those with cars that can't afford gas or insurance or those of us on the lower end of the pay scale, the working class people," Tom Taylor of Conshohocken said.

To support late night workers and those out on the town, SEPTA will extend regional rail service between Center City, the suburbs, and the airport during overnight and weekend hours.

"They'll get home safer when party all night and help people get to work when need to get to work. I live in Lansdale,"

"I think it's great as long as the fares don't go up," Hanifah Alim of West Philadelphia said.

SEPTA is funding the $10-million expansion with recently acquired dedicated funding from the state. Riders say the additional service is a long time coming.

"It's about time SEPTA took a look at the riding public and give us some of the stuff we need," Millicent Davis of North Philadelphia said.

The changes set to start later this month with the expectation that SEPTA's full expansion will be up and rolling by the beginning of November.

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