Those traveling on Chestnut Street in downtown this month may have seen a new addition to the road. red paint rolled only on bus lines in an attempt to increase efficiency for SEPTA drivers: passengers.
While the city used to have green bicycle lanes all over the city, these bus lanes are the closest to the street.
The effort was made possible by a partnership between the city’s Transport, Infrastructure, Stability Office, and SEPTA and PennDOT, all of which highlighted the need for reliable, fast public transportation for both SEPTA and transport safety.
“It simply came to our notice then Bus revolution (SEPTA Community Feedback Program) found that the greatest opportunity to strengthen the bus system is to improve speed and reliability. ” he said Jody Holton, SEPTA Planning Manager. “SEPTA is inspired by this significant initiative to work with our partner agencies in the region to improve visibility and security in this corridor.”
Red paint has been shown to improve bus line compliance by making it clear where drivers should go. Only the introduction of red bus routes can reduce vehicle intrusion by 30% to 50%, according to the National Association of Urban Transport Officials.
Compliance with Philly’s new red lines will be largely based on drivers who obey the rules of the road, as police will not be present throughout the day, said SEPTA Transit Planner Dan Nemiroff. Questioner:. The city plans to expand its red bus routes throughout the year, making SEPTA travel faster and improving the experience of transit riders.
“We recognize that people are using Uber և Lyft, and we will work to identify areas where it is appropriate over time,” said Michael Carroll, OTIS Deputy Chief Executive Officer. KYW:. “There are many other places where it is appropriate, but not on the bus line. “It’s not good, we’re going to talk to people about it.”
Red Bus routes have been successful in other cities, including Boston. Special bus lines are allowed in several communities in Boston to reach their destinations faster և increased transit reliability. Other cities that have introduced special bus routes, such as New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago, have also seen improvements in traffic jams and cyclists’ overall transit experience.
“We take this opportunity to collaborate with the city և SEPTA on this pilot project.” he said Louis Belmonte, CEO of PennDOT. “We expect the red bus lane to help encourage public transport, increase safety, and generally create a better experience for all road users.”
The effort is part of a broader program between SEPTA, the city and other transit agencies improve reliability Promoting public transport in the city, which has yet to make up for its losses from the height of the COVID-19 epidemic. SEPTA has tried to have no shortage of incentives to encourage people to return to SEPTA and leave their cars at home.
Earlier this month, City Council passed a bill that would require some Philadelphia businesses to offer public transportation permits. Other companies, such as Wawa, Drexel University և Penn Medicine, participated in a six-month pilot program by purchasing SEPTA key cards for their employees to return employees to public transportation.
SEPTA last week approved its 2023 fiscal operating budget, covering the 12-month period from July. It: $ 1.61 billion The budget includes major investments in improving the operation of facilities, as well as fare improvements to increase tours, according to Mass Transit.
There will be no fare increase, և there will be a fare reduction for some selected lines from July. One-day tickets will be reduced from $ 9 to $ 6, and three-day coupons will be reduced from $ 18 to $ 15.