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February 27, 2019

SEPTA introduces two new map concepts, looks for feedback

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Stock_Carroll - SEPTA Bus on Market Street Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

A SEPTA bus at 2nd and Market streets in Old City.

SEPTA introduced two new map concepts on its website on Wednesday, and the transit authority wants feedback from you, the rider.

The concepts, which SEPTA bills as a “new way to look at transit,” are meant to better organize a muddied bus map with new emphasis on routes with more frequent stops.

The first map concept, the full frequency map, shows each of the authority’s bus, subway, and regional rail stops in the region. 

The lines and routes with the thickest-drawn lines on the map itself are the ones SEPTA is dubbing “15-15-5” service: lines and routes with service every 15 minutes, for 15 hours each day, five days a week.

If you want to see the whole map, click here. This is what part of it looks like:

New SEPTA map concept 1

The second map concept, SEPTA's 15-minute transit network, or "high frequency", map, shows all 15-15-5 service lines and routes. SEPTA now has 19 different 15-15-5 routes and lines. 

If you want to see the whole map, click here. This is what part of it looks like:

New Septa map concept 2

"We want customers to start thinking about this as a new way to look at SEPTA bus service," SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey D. Knueppel said in a release. "Instead of checking schedules, customers can just walk to the bus stop and ride, knowing a bus will be there within 15 minutes - similar to how they use the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines."

The transit authority has emphasized that these are just concepts, and could be subject to change if feedback from SEPTA riders warrants change.

So far, SEPTA seems to be getting a bit of feedback from riders:

If you’re a frequent SEPTA rider, you can check out the full plan and fill out the survey at this link.

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