SEPTA Releases Draft of Proposed Changes To Bus Network

Series of public engagement events scheduled throughout fall

SEPTA Forward: Bus Revolution, a key component of the transportation authority’s strategic plan, reaches a pivotal milestone today with the release of draft proposed changes to the bus network.

To start, the authority will introduce its Proposed Draft Bus Network at the kick-off Transit Talk, scheduled for October 3,2022, at 6:30 p.m. SEPTA will share the draft bus network and highlight many opportunities ahead for engagement in October, November, and December.  

The Proposed Draft Bus Network is the result of the public input that SEPTA received regarding two different scenarios for how the network could be redesigned, shared with the public in the spring. The draft network balances the best qualities of the two scenarios by increasing the number of frequent routes in the system (routes running 15 minutes or better between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week) while still preserving some of the options that survey respondents indicated they wanted in earlier phases of the project. Core to the draft network is reflecting the project’s goals: Put the Rider First, Increase Access to Opportunity, Build Trust with Reliable Service. 

To ensure robust public engagement, the Bus Revolution team is holding in-person Open Houses and virtual Community Conversations throughout the fall. – alongside online tools, focus groups, and stakeholder sessions.

“This is the most important time for riders and potential riders to share input and ideas about the proposed changes, which are still in draft form. We need your feedback to get this right,” said Leslie Richards, CEO, and General Manager. 

Open Houses will be in-person and taking place at accessible locations throughout SEPTA’s service area. These events are being planned in conjunction with community partners. They will focus on potential local impacts of the proposed changes of the redesign. Unlike traditional public meetings, these will be drop-in and shaped with a fall-fest theme, including food, activities, resource tables and more. 

Bus Revolution Open Houses:  

Date and Time  Place  Address  
Tuesday, October 18   4:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library  1001 Powell Street    Norristown  
Wednesday, October 19   4:00 PM – 7:00 PM  Phoenixville Recreation Center  501 Franklin Ave   Phoenixville   
Thursday, October 20   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  American Legion Loudenslager Post 366  7976 Oxford Avenue   Philadelphia  
Tuesday, October 25   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  Vogt Recreation Center  4141 Unruh Avenue   Philadelphia   
Wednesday, October 26   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  Cliveden Carriage House  6401 Germantown Ave   Philadelphia  
Friday, October 28   5:30 PM – 8:00 PM  Finnegan Recreation Center  1231 S 30th Street   Philadelphia   
Thursday, November 3   4:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Chester City Hall Community Room  1 E 4th Street   Chester  
Saturday, November 5   12:00 PM – 3:00 PM  East Passyunk Community Center  1025 Mifflin Street   Philadelphia   
Wednesday, November 9   3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  Lucien Blackwell Community Center  4790 Aspen Street   Philadelphia   
Thursday, November 10   5:00 PM – 8:00 PM  Kingsessing Recreational Center  4901 Kingsessing Ave   Philadelphia   
Saturday, November 12   2:30 PM – 4:30 PM  Upper Darby Free Library Municipal Branch  501 Bywood Avenue   Philadelphia   
Tuesday, November 15   5:30 PM – 7:30 PM  Lower Merion Administration Building  75 E Lancaster Ave   Ardmore  
Wednesday, November 16   6:00 PM – 8:00 PM  The Liacouras Center, Fox-Gittis Room  1776 N Broad Street  
Thursday, December 8   5:30 PM – 7:30 PM  SEPTA, 1234 Market Street, 3rd Floor  1234 Market Street   3rd Floor   

Bus Revolution Virtual Community Conversations will take place Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. These presentations will also be focused on the local impacts of the redesign and offer attendees the opportunity to ask questions and provide direct feedback to the technical team. 

Date  Focused Area   
Monday, October 17  Chester & Delaware Counties  
Monday, October 24  Northeast Philadelphia  
Monday, November 7  Northwest Philadelphia  
Monday, November 14  South Philadelphia   
Monday, November 21  Bucks & Montgomery Counties 
Monday, November 28  West Philadelphia  
Monday, December 5  North Philadelphia  
Monday, December 12  Center City  

In addition to the Open Houses and Community Conversations, people will be able to review and respond to materials on the Bus Revolution website ( Materials will include maps of the existing and proposed networks, “Change Sheets’ that indicate how individual routes may change, and a Trip Planner on the Project Site and via the Transit App on Smartphones so people can compare how the new network may impact their trips. The site will also include updates on additional opportunities to learn about the project and provide input.