Chestnut Street Bus Lane

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Chestnut Street features frequent bus service across Center City and is a key gateway for riders traveling from West Philadelphia, University City, Northwest Philadelphia, and Delaware County. Improving Chestnut Street buses’ speed and reliability benefit riders downtown and across the transit network. In 2022, SEPTA partnered with the City of Philadelphia and PennDOT to upgrade the existing Chestnut Street bus lane, which runs from Broad Street to 2nd Street, to a red bus lane. Red-colored bus lanes have been shown to improve speed and reliability by discouraging illegal car parking and travel in bus lanes, providing a better experience for bus riders.


  • Red Paint Installed (East Chestnut): Summer 2022 ✓


Faster, more reliable bus service for Chestnut Street bus riders.

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East Chestnut Street’s red bus lane increased weekday bus travel by 5%.
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Easier access between buses and curbside bus stops, improving accessibility for all riders.

Building a Lifestyle Transit Network

As part of our 12-year capital investment program, we’re making stations accessible, acquiring new vehicles, investing in communications, and upgrading services for our buses, Metro, and rail to deliver on our vision of easy to use, frequent, and integrated transit.

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