Thursday, August 14, 2008

More And Better Transit

Baby steps.

More frequent buses. Late-night trains. Better weekend service.

That's what SEPTA promises in the next few weeks and months as it launches what it calls its most ambitious service expansion ever.

After decades of cuts, SEPTA will announce today a $10 million project aimed at easing overcrowding and improving daily service. The first of the 65 upgrades will begin Aug. 25, and all of the changes are to be made by Nov. 3.

The changes will include bigger buses on busy Route 14 along Roosevelt Boulevard between Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County, more frequent service on Route 23 between Chestnut Hill and South Philadelphia, and after-midnight trains on the R5 Paoli/Thorndale, R6 Norristown, and R7 Trenton Regional Rail lines.