SEPTA issued a blueprint Thursday to revitalize its bus network in ways it hopes will provide faster service with fewer stops and no transfer fees.
The fiirm of Jarrett Walker, a nationally recognized transit expert from Portland, Ore., was hired by SEPTA for $250,000 to author the 100-page report expected to shape the priorities for city transit in the coming years, writes Jason Laughlin at philly.com.
A redesigned bus network could be “different from anything Philadelphia has seen in anybody’s memory,” Walker said in an interview Wednesday prior to the report’s release. “Don’t let me pretend this is all easy. This is all difficult.”
Among the changes Walker’s report stated would create better service:
- Eliminate transfer fees.
- All-door boarding
- Stops every other block, rather than at every intersection in Center City, and stops beyond traffic lights, rather than before them.
- Convert the Route 15 trolley on Girard Avenue to a bus route.
- Beef up bus service to transportation center and Regional Rail stations.
- More direct, easier to understand routes
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