This week SEPTA announced they will be adding an additional bus route to their schedule. The planned Route 49 will travel through Strawberry Mansion, Brewerytown, Fairmount, Grays Ferry and University City.
Spanning 7 miles, it will be a huge connection between different Philadelphia neighborhoods and the number of healthcare jobs growing in University City. There will now also be an option for direct transit to 30th Street Station.
This has been the second major advancement in SEPTA’s bus system in the past year, the first being the Boulevard Direct in Northeast Philadelphia. Routes 80, 88,96 and 129 are among the other bus routes that SEPTA is planning on improving within the next year.
Downsides include the overall budget for the route is expected to be about one million dollars. This sets SEPTA’s spending budget back significantly, even though the approved plan covers a total of $1.4 billion for the upcoming year.
Starting with a one-year experimental trial, the new bus route is scheduled to begin service in early 2019. On weekdays, it is expected 3,000 passengers will ride on a daily basis.
WBCB’s Shaun Grace contributed to this report.