SEPTA recently discussed proposals to change various bus routes throughout the city.
Some of those routes are frequently used by South Philadelphians, like Route 23, which is SEPTA’s busiest bus line.
Since Route 23 is so popularly used, with the route going from Chestnut Hill through South Philly, the possibility of splitting 23 into two separate routes is being discussed.
According to PlanPhilly, this is how the route would be split:
The proposal would split the 23 into two routes: a northern route (still known as Route 23) running from Chestnut Hill along Germantown Avenue and 12th Street into Center City, before turning around at Chestnut Street and heading back up along 11th; and a southern route (a new Route 45; no word on whether ‘45’ was picked because this route is the Michael Jordan of SEPTA lines) travelling along 11th and 12th Streets from Oregon Avenue in South Philly and Noble Street, a small, underused street between Callowhill and Spring Garden.
Another change that would affect South Philly is the proposal for an extension of Route 31 or 32 to provide more easily accessible public transportation options to Queen Village. Currently, it’s more difficult for those in Queen Village to move northwest into Center City with public transit.
Right now it seems more likely that the Route 31 line will be extended to service Queen Village.
Interested in seeing what other changes SEPTA is considering? You can see a full list of the proposals here.