Adjustments Based on Ridership & Efforts to Improve Reliability; Discounted Weekly Passes in March.
SEPTA will adjust some bus and Market-Frankford Line schedules to reflect ridership trends, improve service reliability and prepare for more customers this spring. The changes are part of the annual Spring Transit Schedules that go into effect on Feb. 27-28.
Transit modes include buses, subways, city and suburban trolleys, and the Norristown High Speed Line. There are no changes to Regional Rail with these new timetables.
The Spring Transit Schedules are aimed at enhancing the service that is currently available and factor in ongoing challenges such as pandemic-related staffing shortages. SEPTA will not eliminate any routes or lines, however, adjustments will be made to service frequencies based on ridership.
“SEPTA is committed to supporting the city and region through the COVID-19 recovery,” said SEPTA General Manager and CEO Leslie S. Richards. “These schedule changes will allow us to provide more predictable and reliable service while preparing for growth in the months ahead.”
Slight frequency reductions will be made on Routes 2, 6, 19, 20, 24, 29, 33, 45, 46, 52, 53, 57, 79, 88, 124, 125 and L. Some of those resources will be shifted to other routes, including Routes G and 70, which have seen higher demand. This also gives SEPTA more flexibility to cover runs in response to increased ridership and operator availability.
Similarly, to rebalance service throughout the day on the Market-Frankford Line, service frequency during the traditional morning and afternoon rush hours will change from five to six minutes. There are no changes to Broad Street and Norristown High Speed Line timetables under this schedule change.
Big Discounts on Weekly Passes in March
To show appreciation for current customers, and to welcome riders returning to the system, SEPTA is offering 25% off all weekly passes for most of March. Customers will be able to get the discount on weekly TransPasses, TrailPasses and Cross-County Passes for the weeks of March 7, 14 and 21. Weekly savings range from $6.50 to $13.75. SEPTA is announcing the discounts now so that customers have time to consider them before purchasing March monthly passes.
Customers will be able to load weekly passes with the 25% discount through all sales venues including SEPTA Sales Offices, station fare kiosks and online at septakey.org. Customers who need a Key Card can purchase one at SEPTA Sales Offices or station kiosks.
For more information on the new schedules and the weekly pass discounts, please visit https://www.septa.org/.