Market Street Bus Lane

bus lane


Market Street is a critical bus corridor, with routes providing cross-town service and connecting Center City to neighborhoods across Philadelphia and into Montgomery County and New Jersey. SEPTA, along with the City of Philadelphia and PennDOT, partnered to upgrade the existing Market Street bus lanes in Center City Philadelphia to red bus lanes, which have been shown to improve transit speeds and reliability. A pilot project began in 2021 to test a bus lane on Market Street which resulted in buses travelling 7% faster, on average.

To further these improvements, SEPTA and its partners upgraded 1.75 miles of bus lanes in 2023 to red bus lanes, which have been proven to discourage private cars from parking or driving in the bus lane.


  • Pilot Bus Lanes Installed: 2021 ✓
  • Red Paint Installed (Market Street): Spring 2023 ✓


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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