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PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 21, 2023)—Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District), Chairman of City Council’s Transportation Committee, released the following statement regarding the latest version of the SEPTA bus network plan, known as SEPTA Bus Revolution 2.0: 

“As Chairperson of City Council Transportation Committee, I want to thank SEPTA for listening to the demands of riders and elected officials in revising the proposed SEPTA’s Bus Revolution plan. 

“During the first version of SEPTA Bus Revolution plan, SEPTA was considering eliminating the Route 17 bus, which serves Center City and South Philadelphia. The Route 17 bus is an important SEPTA service operating through a substantial portion of the Second Council District serving students, families, and senior citizens to get to work, school, and medical appointments. I want to thank SEPTA for listening to the concerns of Second District residents and keeping the Route 17 bus in service with no changes. 

“Bus Revolution 2.0 plan does the following: 

  • Still keeps the overwhelming majority of current bus routes in operation.
  • Important bus routes like the 17 and the 33 (serving Center City and Tioga) will not be combined.
  • The routes 9 (serving Center City and Roxborough), 12 (serving Society Hill and Kingsessing) and 27 (serving Center City, Manayunk, Roxborough and Barren Hill) will maintain their existing maps.
  • All bus routes will keep their names, instead of changing to what could have been a new triple-digit naming system.
  • More public meetings about the new plan, at least one in each of the 10 City Council districts.

“I am ready to hear additional comments from the public about what they think of this new draft of the SEPTA Bus Revolution Plan and what further changes are recommended before a final Bus Revolution plan is approved. SEPTA’s goal is to still implement the final Bus Revolution plan sometime in 2024.” 

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