A look at SEPTA’s service plan. Riders will be seeing two new bus routes

At its last meeting, the SEPTA Board approved several changes to city and suburban bus routes.

While the changes were fairly routine, they involve the discontinuation of routes 95 and 314 and the creation of Route 126, which is designed to serve Delaware County riders between 69th Street Terminal and Lawrence Park in Delaware County.

In Philadelphia, the Route C bus, which runs along the length of Broad Street, will be extended two block south, terminating at the AT&T subway station instead of at Broad and Geary streets.

SEPTA hopes the change will assist with transfers to the Broad Street Line and shuttle buses that serve the Navy Yard.

In Bucks County, the Route 304 will be almost completely discontinued because of funding cuts.

The route was funded through the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, a federal program that  subsidizes reverse-commuting and public transit options for low-income riders. Because of funding cuts to the program, Route 304 wasn’t included in the list of this year’s funded projects.

Other Bucks County changes also include an effort to rationalize several bus routes that serve overlapping areas, including the creation of Route 133, which will replace parts of Route 304 that won’t be discontinued.

SEPTA has also eliminated a spur on Route 44 that provides twice-daily, late-night service to the Cynwyd regional rail station from Center City.

During passenger counts, only one rider got off at the station, and SEPTA felt the detour was inconveniencing other riders. The route provides service to Ardmore.

SEPTA’s service planning department also investigated whether to extend the Route 38 bus to provide direct service to SugarHouse casino. But because the route would require buses make a turn on the casino’s property, the authority is holding off on making the change until it consults with management.

SEPTA has also been unable to implement the one new route approved in last year’s service plan, the Route 72, which would operate along Cheltenham Avenue in the Northeast, because of a lack of funding.

A full list of maps of the route changes is below.

Contact the reporter at acampisi@planphilly.com

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