In an effort to enhance service and adapt to growing ridership on the Market-Frankford Line, SEPTA is implementing a package of improvements that go into effect Monday, Feb. 24.
As part of this initiative, SEPTA will eliminate A/B skip-stop service during peak travel times – meaning all trains will stop at all stations, at all times. The decision to eliminate skip-stop service was made based on a successful pilot program in 2018, and helps address ridership growth.
In addition to the elimination of skip-stop service during peak travel, SEPTA will also increase service frequencies during weekday evening hours. SEPTA has seen demand during this period increase due to a number of factors, particularly changes in work schedules for customers who are commuting outside of the traditional nine-to-five window.
“The Market-Frankford Line is the backbone of the SEPTA system, and we are excited to deliver these service improvements to our riders,” said SEPTA General Manager Leslie S. Richards. “Coupled with the increase in frequencies in the evening, we think these enhancements better position SEPTA to meet the changing needs of our riders.”
A/B skip-stop service is currently in place from 7 to 8 am and 4 to 5 pm. On weekdays at stations: Berks, York-Dauphin, Huntingdon, Somerset, Tioga and Church on the east end of the line, and Millbourne and 63rd Street on the west end.
With the elimination of skip-stop service during peak travel, and higher frequencies in the evenings, customers will see the following improvements starting Feb. 24:
- At soon-to-be former A/B stations, the elimination of skip-stops will improve service from a train every eight minutes to a train every four minutes during peak hours
- The Market-Frankford Line will continue to operate with peak frequencies of four minutes across the peak travel periods, from 7 to 9 am and 4 to 6 pm
- From 6-7 pm, frequencies will improve from a train every 10 minutes to a train every 6 minutes
- From 7-8 pm, frequencies will improve from a train every 10 minutes to a train every 8 minutes
For more information, including new Market-Frankford Line schedules, please visit https://www.septa.org/media/AB-Skip_Stop_Service_File.pdf. And for the latest SEPTA news and press releases, go to @SEPTANews or visit https://www.septa.org/media/releases/.