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Split of Route 23 bus line to become effective Nov. 29

Back in June, SEPTA decided to officially call for the splitting of the heavily-trafficked Route 23 bus line.


That change will become effective at the end of the month. So how does this split affect commuters who use this bus line?

The Route 23 bus is essentially non-existent in South Philly now. Instead, the new Route 45 bus will service the area as far south as Broad and Oregon and will stop at the northernmost point at 11th and Noble in the Callowhill section of the city.

Route 45

Map of the Route 45 bus.

Previously, this bus route traveled from Chestnut Hill to Broad and Oregon. The Route 23 bus will still service the northernmost parts of the line, and will travel to 12th and Walnut in Center City.

Since the 23 line was previously expansive, some may find the need to transfer to a different bus to reach their destination. If you need to transfer between Route 23 and Route 45, simply ask the bus driver for an “Emergency Route 23 Transfer.”

The split of Route 23 will officially occur on November 29. You can find more information about the new maps and schedules here.

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4 Responses to Split of Route 23 bus line to become effective Nov. 29

  1. Anthony November 9, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    I hope this helps with major delays for buses moving toward South Philly during rush hour. It sucks when you wait 25 mins for the bus only to see three of them moving down the road in a row….

  2. Antonella November 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm #

    Finally after taking this like for decades! Has always been horrible coming home after work!

    • Jedidiah November 9, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

      It’s not horrible for those of us who take the 23 into North Philadelphia every day. But there aren’t very many of us so I can’t get too upset.

      • Resident December 4, 2015 at 6:26 am #

        Use the Broad Street Line.

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