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Bus System Redesign Revealed in Philadelphia

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is tackling a redesign of the bus system serving the city of Philadelphia.
June 21, 2018, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"SEPTA issued a blueprint Thursday to revitalize its bus network in Philadelphia that’s suffering from slow service, shrinking ridership, and competition from ride share businesses," reports Jason Laughlin.

Laughlin reports that SEPTA is undertaking the system redesign with the help of Jarrett Walker, a Portland-based consultant who also worked on bus system redesigns in Houston, Columbus, and Anchorage.

Walker is quoted in the article saying that Philadelphia's system won't require as comprehensive an overhaul as implemented in Houston. "Most of the routes would likely not change, he said. About 70 percent of the current network was effectively designed to serve the needs of riders," writes Laughlin.

Two of Walker's talking points reported in the article include the need to increase frequencies on some lines while removing duplications on others.

Planetizen first picked up the news of SEPTA's intentions to redesign the bus system a year ago.

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Published on Thursday, June 21, 2018 in The Philadelphia Inquirer
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