Two New SEPTA Reports Examine Bus Network

Two New SEPTA Reports Examine Bus Network

Critical Step Forward For ‘Bus Revolution’ Initiative; Public Encouraged To Participate In Virtual Event Feb. 3

SEPTA has released two reports on the bus network’s performance and changing travel trends in the Philadelphia region. This release marks a major milestone for “Bus Revolution,” a key initiative of SEPTA Forward, SEPTA’s strategic plan, and the Authority’s efforts to revamp its bus service and better connect people across the region. These existing conditions analyses will inform changes to the bus network.

The two reports – “The State of the System”and the “Market Analysis” include extensive and detailed technical analyses of transit markets, ridership patterns, and service productivity that reveal what works in the bus network currently and opportunities for system improvement. Both reports aim to provide the public with an in-depth understanding of SEPTA’s current bus network.

“These thorough reports set the stage for making transformative improvements to our bus network,” said Leslie S. Richards, General Manager and CEO of SEPTA. “Along with thousands of responses from bus riders, this research gives us the information we need to make our bus network work better for more people. We are excited to put this research to good use.”

SEPTA is also hosting a virtual Transit Talk on February 3 at 6:30 pm. To share the report findings and discuss the data and process used to create the route profiles. Register for the Transit Talk here.

The “State of the System” focuses on the bus network’s performance and presents some strategies for system-wide improvement. The “Market Analysis” looks at population demographics, patterns of development, and travel characteristics in the Greater Philadelphia area, and identifies those parts of the region where transit is likely to be most successful based on these factors. In addition, the “MarketAnalysis” identifies gaps in SEPTA’s service design that ‘Bus Revolution’ should consider evaluating as the project team considers changes to the bus network.

Route-level data is viewable on a Map Inventory and Route Profile Data Dashboard shared on the ‘Bus Revolution’ website, along with the full reports. Users of the website can review and send their feedback directly to the project team. More in-depth analysis of each bus route will be shared on the website in the coming weeks.

Happening along with ‘Bus Revolution’ are. other transformative initiatives including Reimagining Regional Rail, an initiative to transform Regional Rail service for the 21st Century and SEPTA’s Wayfinding Master Plan to improve station signage and the system map. Both of these network projects are critical initiatives of SEPTA Forward, the Authority’s Strategic Plan, intended to help riders use SEPTA as one seamless, lifestyle transit network.

For more information on “Bus Revolution,” visit