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Notice of Public Meetings

FY2010 Annual Service Plan

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will conduct public hearings regarding the proposed Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Service Plan.

PROPOSAL

The proposed Annual Service Plan includes changes to the following SEPTA routes: City Transit Division Route 89 and the proposed creation of Route 72; and Suburban Division Routes 128, 130 and 314.

CITY TRANSIT DIVISION

Route 89    Tariff | Tariff Map
Route 89 operates between York-Dauphin Station and Arrott Terminal. It is proposed to revise the route in the Richmond section of Philadelphia in order to directly serve the new Aramingo Crossings Shopping Center, with Lowe’s and Marshall’s, located at the intersection of Aramingo Avenue and Butler Street. The change is intended to improve access for shoppers and employees traveling from Kensington, Juniata Park and Frankford. Passengers, an average of 16 daily riders, who currently use the bus stops along Venango Street at Amber, Sepviva and Tulip Streets, will be required to walk less than a quarter mile to either the bus stop at Venango Street and Aramingo Avenue or Venango Street and Frankford Avenue. The Aramingo Business District has suggested this change and is in support of the route modification.

The above change on Route 89 is proposed to be implemented on an experimental basis for up to twelve months prior to final approval by the SEPTA Board.

Route 72    Tariff | Tariff Map
Frankford Transportation Center – Cedarbrook Plaza via Cheltenham Ave

A new route linking Frankford Transportation Center (FTC) and Cheltenham Square Mall has been requested by Councilwoman Marian Tasco. The new route would provide service coverage on Cheltenham Avenue between 2nd and Broad Streets while improving access between northeast Philadelphia and eastern Montgomery County. This crosstown route would connect with the Market-Frankford Line and bus routes at Frankford Transportation Center. It would also make connections with Routes 28, 55, 57 and 70 along Cheltenham Avenue providing service to shopping venues such as the Rising Sun Plaza, Cheltenham Square Mall and Cedarbrook Plaza. While all-day service would be preferred, it is recommended to initially operate Route 72 daily between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm. This would significantly reduce the route’s operating cost and would provide a good gauge for future ridership potential. Route 72 is recommended for implementation on an experimental basis based upon funding availability.

Route 72 is proposed to be implemented on an experimental basis for up to twelve months prior to final approval by the SEPTA Board.

SUBURBAN TRANSIT DIVISION

Route 128    Tariff | Tariff Map
Route 128 operates between Neshaminy Mall and Oxford Valley Mall, via Bristol and Levittown. Currently it operates on segments of Hulmeville Road (PA 513) and Bristol Pike (U.S. 13). Between the intersections of Hulmeville & Street Roads and Bristol Pike & Street Road, the route carries an average of seven trips per day, or about four percent of the route total. The Bristol Pike segment is also redundant with Route 304, so passengers along this corridor would still have access to transit. The current route segment contains three school zones which adds travel time.

The route would be changed to operate on Street Road (PA 132) between Hulmeville Road and Bristol Pike. There is no current transit service on this segment of Street Road, which has both commercial and multi-family residential development. The Transport Workers Union (TWU) recommended this change as a way to speed trip times and improve route schedule adherence.

Route 130    Tariff | Tariff Map
Route 130 operates between Franklin Mills Mall and Bucks County Community College, via Neshaminy Mall and Newtown Borough. A segment of the route on State Street in Newtown Borough would be discontinued. This would reduce the impact of traffic congestion on this narrow street in the business district. It would also eliminate a difficult turn from State Street to Washington Avenue.

It would continue to serve the Newtown Business District on all trips, via Lincoln Avenue and Washington Avenue. Service to Gloria Dei Plaza would continue.

Route 314    Tariff | Tariff Map
Route 314 operates between the West Chester Transportation Center and Goshen Corporate Park. The Chester County Planning Commission has recommended a new routing to serve new trip generators. The route would serve Bradford Plaza, a shopping center with a major food retailer and other stores. It would add service to a local senior center and light industrial area in West Chester, removing redundancies with Routes 104 and 306. It would open up access to corporate facilities and a major medical clinic along an industrial corridor in West Goshen. Transfer opportunities between Routes 104 and 314 will be maintained at Paoli Pike and Turner Lane, as well as with all routes serving the West Chester Transportation Center.

Route 314 would continue to serve QVC and the Goshen Corporate Park area. Additional efficiencies will be built into the schedule, including a reversing one-way loop operation to minimize travel time to the corporate center areas. During the morning hours, the loop will operate in one direction, and it will operate the opposite direction in the afternoon.

This route is contracted. Krapf’s Coaches is the current operator. The annual increased cost would be subsidized by Chester County.

TARIFF DOCUMENTS

The proposed Fiscal Year 2010 Annual Service Plan tariffs and maps are available for inspection on this webpage and for review at:

SEPTA Customer Service
Lobby Office
1234 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Annual Service Plan Proposal document will be available for inspection at the above location, and is posted in the Reports section of this website.

PUBLIC HEARINGS

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
SEPTA Headquarters
Board Room - Mezzanine Level
1234 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
1:00 p.m.
Directions

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Bensalem United Methodist Church
4300 Hulmeville Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
2:00 p.m.
Directions

Thursday, June 18, 2009
West Goshen Township Building
1025 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
6:30 p.m.
Directions

If you require a sign language interpreter at any of the public hearings, please make your request known no later than June 10, 2009, in writing, to:

SEPTA
Service Planning
1234 Market Street, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


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