SEPTA's New Bus Route Aims to Address Longtime Travel Concerns

The route was created to connect University City to other Philly neighborhoods

A new SEPTA bus route may soon change the way you navigate through Philadelphia.

The new Route 49 is expected to improve travel from University City to other Philadelphia neighborhoods, including Brewerytown, Fairmount, Grays Ferry, and Strawberry Mansion.

"It is part of SEPTA's continuing efforts to improve transit access to employment destinations," a SEPTA spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also said the route will reduce travel times from various locations in Philadelphia to University City.

Buses traveling the route will make stops at the University of Pennsylvania, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, attractions and museums on the Ben Franklin Parkway and Eastern State Penitentiary. 

According to SEPTA, its bus, subway, and regional rail services averaged daily ridership of 696,000 people, making it one of the largest and busiest transit authorities in the United States.

The new route will begin operation in Philadelphia Sunday, Feb. 24.

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