SEPTA Proposes Rideshare Service for ‘Microtransit Zones’ in Philadelphia Suburbs

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SEPTA is planning to implement its own answer to Uber and Lyft, an on-demand rideshare service that would cover areas in the Philadelphia suburbs where fixed bus routes do not make economic sense but residents still want a transit option, writes Thomas Fitzgerald for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The proposal is part of SEPTA’s ongoing comprehensive redesign of its bus system. The new service would cover so-called “microtransit zones.” In nine of such zones, riders would book a point-to-point ride anywhere in the same zone using an app or call center. Bookings need to be made at least half an hour before their trip. Instead of the usual buses, SEPTA will use shuttles or vans that will be, in most cases, shared between several riders.

Each zone has at least one connection to regular bus routes, according to SEPTA.

On-demand zones in collar counties include a Bristol-Croydon-Cornwells Heights zone in Lower Bucks County, a zone that would cover Paoli and Great Valley and a West Chester zone in Chester County, and a zone covering Painter’s Crossing and Cheyney University in Delaware County, among others.

Read more about the ride share service in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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