On Feburary 22nd 2017, DART will have an open house at ___ for the proposed changes to an wide selection of bus routes. These proposed changes are begin with the next schedule change effective Sunday, May 21, 2017.
For more infomation on these changes -
Due to the Silverliner Vs being taken out of service, SEPTA has reached out for help from neighboring railroads. MARC, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak have responded to the call.
From MARC, SEPTA obtained 5 single-level Sumitomo railcars. These cars have yet to be seen in SEPTA service. Update: These cars are now running on the Wilmington/Newark Line, train #1297, the 4:55 PM Express from Suburban Station to Newark.
From Amtrak, SEPTA is leasing 2 ACS-64s and 5 Amfleets, including a Cab Car. So far, this train has been confirmed to run on the Paoli-Thorndale Line as the 6:31 AM train from Bryn Mawr (#1580), the 8:31 AM train from Bryn Mawr (#1582), the 4:25 PM train from Suburban Station (#1581) and the 5:50 PM train from Suburban Station (#1583). Yes, all trains are Bryn Mawr Locals!
From New Jersey Transit, SEPTA is leasing 8 Comets and an ALP-46. So far, this train was spotted on the Trenton Line on train #1794 (6:53 AM Express from Trenton) and train #1763 (4:35 PM Express from Suburban Station).
The MARC cars will be maintained by SEPTA, while the NJT and Amtrak cars will be maintained by their respective operators each day. SEPTA crews are operating all cars.
Starting today, SEPTA was able to modifty its Interim Weekday Schedule to include these trains, which frees up some Silverliner IVs so they can enhance service between Glenside and Center City on the SEPTA Main, the source of a number of pass-ups last week. The Cynwyd line is still using shuttle buses instead of trains. As more information comes out about where the leased trains are running, we'll be sure to update this site with the latest info.
Click the link for more details about the leased cars and how much this is costing SEPTA: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/real-time/SEPTA-spending-750000-on-leased-fleet.html
Due to an recent inspection conducted by SEPTA. It was discovered the entire fleet of Silverliner Vs train cars were taken out of Sevice due to a Defective part. It has been speculated part is a part of the truck which holds the axles in place - perhaps a part of the suspension housing. More infomation is to come.
Starting Tuesday, May 31st, 60 foot Novabus Artics started serving route 17 to deal with overcrowding on the line. The service still runs at its regular headways. This is the only Southern line to use articulated buses.
Due to the longer buses, the route 17 will be extended to the Penn's Landing Viaduct during the day, as there isn't enough room at the Front & Market Terminal for both the 48 and 17's articulated buses to layover. In fact, route 5 is now laying over on Front Street.
The new schedule comes out on Sunday, June 19th.
SEPTA and Uber have reached an agreement where over the summer time, Uber rides to/from certain SEPTA stations will be discounted by 40% (up to $10). This is an effort to see if encouraging commuters to "Uber" to the station, rather than drive, will help increase ridership and help to solve parking issues. SEPTA has been having a long time problem of not having enough space at many of its stations to accomodate those who wish to park and ride; many of these lots are often full by 7:30 AM!
The stations that are part of this trial program are:
|Woodbourne||West Trenton Line|
West Trenton Line
|Elkins Park||Lansdale/Doylestown Line
West Trenton Line
|Melrose Park||Lansdale/Doylestown Line
West Trenton Line
To take advantage of this offer, just download the Uber App from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. If it is your first ride, enter Promo Code - w6945 - to get a free ride worth up to $15.
The SEPTA board approved a contract for 525 New Flyer (Xceslsior) Hybrid-Electric buses to be delivered over the next 5 years. These XDE40s, the first that SEPTA has ordered, will replace all of the standard diesel D40LFs that SEPTA operates, from 5401 to 8119. This order will bring the bus fleet to being 95% Diesel-Electric Hybrid when the it is finished. The only buses that won't be hybrids will be the all-electric Proterra buses that are coming next year along with the New Flyer MiDis that should start to arrive later this year for contract operations.
Thanks to the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) No or Low Emission Vehicle Deployment Program, SEPTA received $2.6 million to order 25 battery-electric buses from Proterra along with 5 overhead charging stations. Not only are these buses wireless and 100% electric, but they also can recharge at an overhead charging station while the operator is laying over.
This is Proterra's first order from a major city on the East Coast, and one of its largest orders from a major transit agency.
These 40ft buses will run on routes 29 and 79, both of which are former Trackless Trolley lines, since the lines are short and relatively flat. SEPTA expects to receive the buses some time next year.
For more details: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/04/20/septa-grant-electric-buses/
The fourth batch of the Novabus order (7455-7484) has begun the arrive several weeks ago. These buses are slated to be assigned at Southern depot where they would operate on the route 17. This would be the first time in history where the route 17 has have artic/bendy buses to operate on it. Currently two buses (7338 and 7400) are at Southern depot for the purpose to train operators on the route 17.
SEPTA has released their plans for the weekend when the Pope will arrive in Philadelphia. There are numerious of routes which are not running or have some drastic changes being made to them for the September 26th and September 27th. Be sure to check these changes out
SEPTA Selector is an Web application using data derived from SEPTA which tracks a massive fleet of buses. This is basically the transit enthusiast verison of Transitview. This app enables users to sort which type of buses would appear up, whether it is Nova, NABIs, Neoplans, or New Flyers. The user can also sort by depot as well.
Please check it out:
Today is the day the Novabus has begun their inaugural runs in revenue service. The 62' Novabus artics are to be operated on the Route 48. Also it should be interesting to note, that Midvale again testing 40' foot Novabuses on the route 23. The last time when testing has occured was back in August.
Also with the Novabuses arriving into service, a batch of Neoplan An460 (fleet ranges from #7101 to #7255) has been retired from revenue service. Over the weekend, SEPTA has moved a dozen Neoplans to Midvale's scrap yard. The roster has been updated to reflect these changes. After 35 years operating in this region, the Neoplan era in Philadelpha is coming to end.
During the summer, SEPTA started a pilot program on Friday and Saturday nights to run the Broad Street Line and Market-Frankford Line all night long instead of using OWL buses. Ridership has skyrocketed, with almost double the amount of people using the trains over the bus service that existed beforehand. Although it costs a bit more to run trains all night instead of just the buses (mainly due to the additional police officers and cashiers required for the service), SEPTA has decided to continue running the All Night weekend service for the foreseeable future. Weekday OWL bus service will continue as normal.
Recently there has been a slew of rumors going around regarding the replacements for the Eldorados. Now onto the rumors, it has been rumored that either the New Flyer Midi or Gillig 30 foot advantages will be replacing not only the aging the Eldorados but also the cutaways on contracting services [Lucy(316), 312, 204, 206, and 310). The delivery of these new buses is apparently to occur in either December or Janurary.
Now onto the hardcore facts. The Eldorados are aging and are soon to be 14 years old. These buses were built back in 2001 to have an life cycle of 10 years. Now these buses being 13 and going onto 14, so a replacement is inevitable. The end all and be all is the Eldorados as well as most of the Cutaway fleet are due to be replaced.
Weekend bus shuttling is expected to happen on the Elywn line starting on September 20-21 and is expected to continue throughout the month of October and November. The shuttling will consist of both a local and a express service. This is due to projects which will on the both the Cobbs Creek and Darby Creek Viaducts.
For more infomation:
Edited July 4th 2014 14:15 After many months of rumors and perhaps one rumor about the fate of this order, the first production bus (7306) has arrived on SEPTA's property at Germantown. This bus for the next few weeks will be used for testing. If it passes the evaluation, SEPTA will give the delivery a green light.
The article also stated that Novabus is being fine $100 a day per bus which is late. Well, perhaps if these buses were not so customized – SEPTA would receive them on time. This has been the second order in recent years where the manufacturer has been fine due to lateness. The previous order which was late was Rotem with the delivery of the Silverliner V. In any case – that is neither here nor there. The bottom line is that SEPTA need new buses. The older artic buses which SEPTA have are causing all sorts of reliability issues. Approximately 10 buses were recently loaned out to Alleghany depot in order to have enough buses make it out on the streets.
Photos has recently surfaced around Facebook showing buses around the Novabus facility in Plattsburgh New York being in various stages of completion.
Also, SEPTA have excised the option to have an additional thirty 60-foot buses to be delivered. The price tag is $24.2 million. These buses are set to be due here by 1st quarter 2016. It has unknown yet whether or not these will be hybrid. It should be reminded that the push to make these buses hybrids is an entirely separate request. The tentative fleet break down is as follows:
|Fleet From||Fleet To||Tentative Delivery||QTY|
|7300||7369||July 2014 - December 2014||70|
|7370||7414||January 2015 - May 2015||45|
|7415||7454||May 2015 - August 2015||40|
|7455||7484||1st Quarter 2016||30|
|Fleet From||Fleet To||tentative delivery||QTY|
|8600||8689||August 2014 - January 2015||90|