by Manuel McDonnell Smith
Traveling for work, shopping and fun from/to Parkside just became a whole lot easier.
Starting Sunday, September 4, SEPTA began operating new fall transit schedules that include additional weekday peak hour service on Bus Route 40, which connects the West Park community to University City, Center City, and Society Hill.
“The Route 40 has continued to grow as more people ride to University City,” explained SEPTA Public Information Manager Andrew Busch. “The changes for the fall schedules are designed to accommodate this increasing demand for service.”
SEPTA says the new schedules reflect a reduction in “headways”, or frequency of service. For the Route 40, during peak times the headway is reduced from 10 to 8 minutes, and in the afternoon, buses will have a 10 minute headway compared to the previous 11-12 minutes.
The additional buses that are now operating on Route 40 come as the result of ongoing evaluation by SEPTA’s service planning team of ridership trends on “high demand routes.”
That evaluation led to adjustments to other routes that have allowed SEPTA managers to reallocate additional buses to now operate on Route 40.The new Route 40 bus schedule is available for viewing online at http://www.septa.org/schedules/upcoming-transit.html.
While visiting the website, riders will also notice additional transit schedule adjustments to other routes serving West Park, including the return of trolley service on the Route 15. Buses had been substituted on the line over the summer due to a track replacement project. Busch adds that other seasonal travel time adjustments and enhancements have been made to other routes across the system, and encourages all riders to view and/or pick up schedules for their individual routes, including Routes 15 and 40. In addition to being available online, new schedules are available at most major SEPTA transportation centers and customer service locations.