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Old Posted Jul 1, 2014, 12:45 AM
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SEPTA Overnight Trains a Hit: Ridership Up 40 to 59 Percent in First Full Weekend

Apparently, all those people who signed petitions asking SEPTA to run the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines all night really did prefer taking the train rather than the bus home after a night on the town.

According to SEPTA spokesperson Manny Smith, figures for the first full weekend of overnight rapid transit service show ridership jumps of 40 to 59 percent compared to baseline ridership for the Night Owl buses.

On Friday night (Saturday morning), total ridership on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Night Owl trains was 7,407, compared to a baseline figure for Night Owl bus service of 5,274, a 40 percent increase. (The baseline figure represents an average of bus boardings over the year.) On Saturday night (Sunday morning), the figures were 6,846 and 4,301, respectively, a 59 percent jump.

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Ridership is higher on the Market-Frankford Line than on the Broad Street Line, with boardings on the former topping 1,000 per hour between midnight and 1 a.m. on Saturday; Broad Street Line ridership never crossed the 1,000 mark in any one-hour period.

Based on ridership trends both by hour and by station, it appears that the people using the trains most are late-night revelers in the city's entertainment districts. Ridership by hour is highest from midnight to 1 a.m., falls slightly from 1 to 2 and again from 2 to 3, then drops sharply after 3 a.m. The most boardings, in descending order per line:

Market Frankford Line:

15th Street
Frankford Transportation Center
69th Street Terminal
30th Street

Broad Street Line:

North Philadelphia

According to Smith, safety hasn't been a problem on the trains, either, thanks no doubt to the stepped-up police presence during the pilot.

Also in connection with the pilot, two Broad Street Line stations that are currently exit-only after 9 p.m. — Fairmount and Logan northbound — will be open for entry from midnight to 5 a.m. for the duration of the program.

So far, Smith said, there's been only one hitch with the service: Passengers waiting at scattered locations on the platform slows down boarding. "We think riders will get better with it as the pilot goes on, but people still are not waiting at the front of the platform."

So here's a tip for late-night riders: Wait by the signs in each station indicating the designated waiting area for late-night trains. At most stations, fares are paid to the operator at the front of the train, and waiting there gets everyone home faster.
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Old Posted Jul 8, 2014, 10:38 PM
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City's night owls drawn to 24-hour SEPTA subway service

SEPTA's trial run with 24-hour subway service on weekends has been a success so far, with ridership up nearly 50 percent over all-night bus service.

And holiday revelers took to the subways in even greater numbers over the Fourth of July weekend, with ridership up 150 percent over normal weekend bus ridership.

"I think it confirms what [general manager] Joe Casey said about how the city has changed since we last ran subways all night," said SEPTA chief financial officer Richard Burnfield on Tuesday. "We're seeing a lot of activity in Old City, Walnut-Locust, Lombard-South."

SEPTA started the late-night subway experiment on June 15, replacing its Nite Owl bus service between midnight and 5 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The buses had replaced all-night subway service in 1991.

Increasing nightlife, residential and commercial activity in Center City prompted SEPTA to bring back the late-night subway service, at least until Labor Day.

Burnfield said SEPTA will evaluate the test run, examining ridership, costs, revenue and security, before deciding whether to make the change permanent.

"It's a little early to make that call," he said Tuesday.

With a visible police presence on trains and in stations, there have been few complaints about safety, said Ronald Hopkins, assistant general manager of operations.

"The only thing we're seeing is some quality-of-life issues, like open containers, and we're issuing citations to those people and keeping the trains moving," Hopkins said.

Through the first three weekends, only one robbery was reported, and that was a stolen cellphone, Hopkins said. SEPTA police made an arrest in that incident, he added.

"With two officers on each train, we're sending a very strong message," he said.

The early returns show greater ridership gains on the Market-Frankford Line (up 66 percent over buses) than on the Broad Street Line (up 30 percent).

Ridership is highest between midnight and 1 a.m., and then declines until 4 a.m., when it begins to rise again, SEPTA data shows.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/busines...JdJeJ6Ts5iS.99
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Old Posted Jul 9, 2014, 2:04 PM
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This is so awesome to hear! I'm really, really happy they took the risk of trying this and it seems to be working out. I know they're just running this during the summer, but I'd be really interested to see what happens when students come back to the city in large numbers during the school year. And I'm not surprised about the Walnut-Locust activity, since that's how people get to the 24/7 PATCO line. I bet if SEPTA ran later trains at night, they'd see higher activity at 30th Street too.

Overall so awesome to see!!
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Old Posted Jul 9, 2014, 8:31 PM
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Originally Posted by shadowbat2 View Post
City's night owls drawn to 24-hour SEPTA subway service

Very cool and very promising thus far for Philly. We desperately need something similar in dc.
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Old Posted Jul 19, 2014, 3:28 PM
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To restore the 24/7 subway service again !!!!
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SEPTA wants to hear your suggestions for route modifications and other improvements in preparation for its 2016 services plan, says West Philly Local. “We’re seeing a renewed interest in transit, with many residents embracing SEPTA as their primary and preferred choice for travel,” Richard Burnfield, SEPTA’s chief financial officer, said in a press release. “Many riders are showing a great interest in service improvements, and we welcome those suggestions.”

Email your submissions by August 31 to serviceplanning@septa.org.
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Subway surface trolley tunnel maintenance blitz starting August 1st and lasting 17 days:


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