Passengers could in the future be going express – on uniquely branded buses – on Philadelphia’s busy Roosevelt Boulevard.
On Thursday, SEPTA shared with NBC10 its plans to launch "Direct Bus" branded buses that will run from the Frankford Transportation Center – the end of the Market Frankford El – to the Neshaminy Mall in Bucks County.
The blue and green 60-foot articulated buses will only stop six times over the 10.5 mile journey from Frankford to Bensalem, according to SEPTA’s service proposal. The journey should take around 34 minutes on average, that’s 13 minutes – or 30 percent – quicker than normal bus service, SEPTA said.
Besides the branded large buses, the "Direct Bus" name will also be added to bus shelters along the route.
The plan will be part of SEPTA’s Annual Service Plan that the SEPTA Board will vote on in spring/early summer following public hearings in April, spokesman Andrew Busch said. If the plan is approved, service would being early next fall.
On Thursday, SEPTA also announced that Spring transit schedules would go into effect Sunday February 26, and Monday February 27.
Most changes to the schedule are minor and are meant to account for seasonal changes in ridership. A few service changes the transit authority wanted to alert customer to are changes to the Route 2 and 44 buses as well as a change that the Horsham Breeze will split into route 310 and 311 to allow for increased ridership.
The Boulevard Direct Bus service isn’t the first time SEPTA put forth plans to operate service under another name – the LUCY Center City to University City loop service and Horsham Breeze lines are banded differently than SEPTA’s traditional red, white and blue design.