Lower Merion Commuters Aren’t Exactly Giving SEPTA’s ‘Bus Revolution’ a Resounding Huzzah

bus under an overpass
Image via Kimberly Paynter at WHYY.
SEPTA's proposed "bus revolution" has numerous implications for Montgomery County riders.

A SEPTA suburban bus route proposal — being called a “bus revolution” — will shift modes of transportation for Montco riders. Emily Rizzo onboarded her story on the proposed changes to WHYY.

The plan’s intent is to eliminate area bus routes that run infrequently to enable faster service on major lines.

Ten suburban routes will no longer be served by buses but, instead, will transition to a “microtransit” model.

Under that arrangement, riders access on-demand service by phone or the SEPTA app (still under development) to get where they want to go.

Lower Merion riders, however, are finding the bus revolution somewhat revolting for its resultant inconveniences.

The streamlining of Route 44 bus access to Bala Cynwyd (and loss of Route 52 service to Gladwyne) will result in commuters relying on route transfers or foot power to get where they once rode.

The microtransit shift is being eyed for service in Norristown, Souderton, and Telford.

It’s modeled after the Uber-Lift model of door-to-door on demand; however, the idea’s test for late-night shift workers in Bucks County never reached favor, owing to technical issues.

Details of the SEPTA bus revolution are still open for public comment.

The route to the complete details on this story is via WHYY.

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