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SEPTA begins to roll out new transit map

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Over the approaching weeks, anticipate to see a brand new map at SEPTA stations throughout the town because the transit company rolls out their up to date, colourful schedules.

The map will likely be getting in at 100 places by the top of the summer time, in keeping with SEPTA spokesperson Andrew Busch. Not like the present schedule, which has been in place for many years, the brand new map options route colours that point out a bus’s frequency. A pink line means the bus arrives each 15 minutes most, teal means each 30, and gray means each hour.

The present map (left) versus the brand new map (proper)

The map nonetheless consists of the orange BSL line and blue MFL line, inexperienced to point trolleys, and purple for the Norristown Excessive Pace Line. As earlier than, regional rail routes are indicated by a skinny, darkish blue line.

All of it comes following experiences final yr that bus ridership has declined by 17 p.c in between 2012 and 2018. In response to the low numbers, SEPTA employed transit marketing consultant, Jarrett Walker and Associates, which printed a research that included strategies for the way SEPTA might enhance bus ridership. Amongst strategies like eliminating the $1 switch charge, the consultants prompt implementing a extra frequent bus schedule, and making SEPTA maps extra rider-friendly.

Following the report, SEPTA performed public outreach, each by way of an internet survey and in-person talks with riders. They posted the primary iteration of a brand new map on-line in February, and obtained over 1,000 responses.

“As SEPTA will get able to rethink its bus community, the maps and new communications instruments will assist prospects higher perceive reap the benefits of our current community, whereas additionally utilizing it to discover how we will enhance it sooner or later” stated Jeffrey Knueppel, SEPTA’s normal supervisor.

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