New Transit Plan Calls for Expansion, Increased Frequency of SEPTA’s Regional Rail Service
A new transit plan proposed by the City of Philadelphia calls for the expansion of SEPTA’s Regional Rail service and increasing the frequency of trains so they arrive every 15 minutes, writes Kennedy Rose for the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The plan, which also includes an overhaul of SEPTA’s bus network and modernizing the trolley system, lays out the city’s transit goals for the next few decades.
According to the plans, the Regional Rail will become a “frequent, metro-style service.”
Some of the initiatives proposed in the 2045 plan have previously been addressed by SEPTA officials as necessary for the future. This includes the extension of the Norristown High Speed Line to King of Prussia.
The cost of the proposal is yet to be determined, but the transit authority is interested in reviewing the idea once it has been properly studied, said SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards.
Once the financial requirements are known, funding would have to come from a variety of sources. Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Kenney said that the city is ready to partner with all-level governments on the proposal, including the Biden-Harris Administration, Pennsylvania Legislature, and the City Council.
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