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About the Bus Revolution

SEPTA Forward’s Bus Revolution project is focused on delivering an easier to use, more convenient and more reliable bus network informed by its riders.

Get involved by sharing feedback throughout the project and help us continue to drive SEPTA forward.

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Draft Network: How We Got Here

The Bus Revolution is using real data collected from riders, community members and stakeholders to inform a system that is more efficient and reliable. Explore some of the reports and tools that helped inform the recommendations included in the draft network and learn more about what we heard.

What is is:

The dashboard and the route profiles are based on the same information. That dashboard is just the data without the interpretation or analysis.

How it was used:

The dashboard helped us develop service improvement options at the route and the network level.

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What is is:

The Market Analysis identifies the ways people travel in southeast Pennsylvania using a combination of U.S. Census data and data provided through the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC).

How it was used:

This analysis helps us understand where the needs are for transit service and how we can better match SEPTA bus routes with the way people are traveling.

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What is is:

The State of the System looks at SEPTA’s bus network overall to understand how it works and its strengths and weaknesses as a network. This analysis considered ridership, the impacts of COVID, and service speed and reliability.

How it was used:

The State of the System report helped us identify structural challenges with the way the network is organized. It also helped us identify opportunities for improvement.

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What is is:

Route profiles evaluate each of SEPTA’s bus routes in detail, evaluating ridership by stop, by time of day and by service pattern. This information also includes bus stop spacing, route speeds, on-time performance and other route level information. The route profiles include potential opportunities for improvements. These are only ideas or potential ways the route could be improved.

How it was used:

We used the route profiles to develop service improvement options at the route and the network level.

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Project Goals

Put the Rider Experience First

Increase Access to Opportunity

Build Trust with Reliable Service

Project Timing

Bus Revolution will be a 3-year process, beginning with two years of planning and analysis while the third year will focus on implementation. View the project schedule below to see key milestones and project phases.

2021

February - April
Project Initiation (Internal/External)

Kicked off in March and April 2021 by developing a project brand and website, forming committees, and holding meetings with key stakeholders. Collect and analyze data.

April - November OUTREACH
Examine Market for Transit;
Evaluate SEPTA Bus Routes
OUTREACH

Examine the market and need for transit service in Philadelphia region and create a “State of the System” analysis. Evaluate population and employment, community demographics, activity centers, and travel patterns.

Evaluate individual SEPTA bus routes to the understand strengths and weaknesses of each piece of the bus network.

Engage SEPTA riders and residents in the Philadelphia region about transit service choices and trade offs and to understand their priorities and values. Engagement will include a range a activities including surveys, meetings, and pop-up events.

Winter 2021/2022
Identify Service Improvements

Use findings, analysis and community input to identify ways SEPTA can improve the bus network and make specific improvements to individual routes.

Build on engagement and technical work to confirm goals and values. Refine project guiding principles and develop evaluation framework.

2022

2022

Winter 2022
Develop Service Improvement Scenarios

Create options to strengthen and improve SEPTA’s bus network. Scenarios will be organized around rider priorities, community values and technical recommendations.

Summer 2022 OUTREACH
Evaluate Scenarios
OUTREACH

Share scenarios and potential service changes to a broader audience for feedback and comment. Focus will be on identifying what people like and what they don’t like, so we can develop draft recommendations that include the best parts of individual scenarios. The evaluation process will also consider factors like ridership and cost.

Fall 2022 OUTREACH
Draft Recommendations
OUTREACH

Build on findings from scenario evaluation process to develop draft recommendations. Share draft recommendations with community and stakeholders to develop final recommendations.

Winter 2022/2023 OUTREACH
Finalize Recommendations
OUTREACH

Build on findings from scenario evaluation process to develop draft recommendations. Share draft recommendations with community and stakeholders to develop final recommendations.

2023

2023

Winter
Engagement and Analysis

Ongoing engagement, analyze and summarize feedback.

Spring
Draft Network Updates and Outreach

Updates to previous draft network, engagement with riders and residents to share updates and gather feedback.

Summer
Finalize Recommended Network

Finalize recommended bus network, begin SEPTA public hearings to share recommendations.

Fall 2023
Continue SEPTA Hearings, Plan Implementation

2024

2024
Implement Changes

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We want to hear from you. SEPTA’s Bus Revolution will have lots of opportunities throughout its phases for people who live and work in the Philadelphia region to be involved, including surveys, virtual meetings and ongoing outreach. Make sure your voice is heard and you stay informed throughout the project.

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