SEPTA Consolidating Bus Stops Along Route 47

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA is consolidating bus stops along one of its major routes to improve service and reliability. It’s called the Route 47 Service Enhancement Pilot Project.

The City of Philadelphia and SEPTA expect by consolidating and relocating some bus stops along a portion of Route 47 it will help speed travel along the congested streets with little inconvenience to passengers.

The route spans 10 miles through south Philadelphia, Center City and North Philadelphia. SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch says about half of the stops between Oregon Avenue and Market Street along 7th and 8th Streets have been eliminated.

“Essentially where there was a stop every block, now it’s every two blocks.”

And buses will be dispatched every 6 minutes during the rush hours. Busch says if the changes work it could be applied to other routes, but there are no solid plans for that at this time.

For more information or to comment visit, SEPTA’s website or call (215) 580-7800.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio

  • Tom Goodman

    Several bus routes should be consolidated. Why, for example, does the Route 40 bus stop at every intersection along Lombard? It would make much more sense in terms of faster schedules, less idling time and therefore less pollution and fuel consumption, to have the Route 40 stop at every other intersection.

  • NS

    A common sense move that will benefit passengers and improve traffic flow. All other major cities have bus stops that are at least 2-3 blocks apart, which makes service faster, reduces trip times, and saves fuel and money.

    • john

      This is a big inconvenience for seniors and disabled who must do their shopping
      via SEPTA.

      • NS

        No, it isn’t. This is standard practice in all other major cities, without problems for seniors and the disabled. Public buses are not meant to be a door to door service; if you need that, use a taxi or paratransit.

        Everyone must make personal sacrifices for the greater good of society, and the extra spacing between bus stops still falls within federal guidelines for transit stop spacing. It’s time for Philadelphians to think outside the box and frankly stop being so damn lazy.

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