PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - If Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, it's fitting that SEPTA's new fall transit schedules are starting Sunday, Sept. 4, and Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The schedules come as riders end their vacations and go back to work and school. They include more trips and increased service to accommodate the higher ridership.
First, concerning Regional Rail as SEPTA works to return its Silverliner V fleet to service, new schedules will take effect Tuesday morning on these eight lines: Media/Elwyn, Lansdale/Doylestown, Manayunk/Norristown, Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton, Warminster, West Trenton and Wilmington/Newark.
Look for the return of trains to the entire Media/Elwyn Line after the completion of the Crum Creek Viaduct Replacement Project. Click here for a look at all the changes effective Tuesday.
Another big change Tuesday will be Weekday Supplemental Express Bus service. Express Buses will operate from limited Regional Rail stations, 6:30-8:30am for the morning commute, and 4-6pm for the evening rush. The routings are designed to provide comparable trip times to those using Regional Rail service. Click here for the list of Express Bus Service stops and departure times.
Still, SEPTA encourages riders to consider using other transit modes as an alternate to Regional Rail service. Click here to find schedule, station and parking information for the Norristown High Speed Line, Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, buses and trolleys.
For SEPTA's City, Suburban and Victory Transit divisions, most schedule adjustments are minor and designed to account for seasonal changes in ridership and to improve customer service. However, SEPTA wants to alert passengers to these service changes:
Route 15: Trolleys return to service between 63rd Street and Girard Avenue and Frankford and Delaware Avenues following summer bus substitution due to a track renewal project. Buses will continue to operate on the portion of the route between Frankford and Girard Avenues and Richmond and Westmoreland Streets.
Route 40: Added morning and afternoon weekday service.
Route 56: Added morning and afternoon weekday service.
Routes 201, 204, 205 and 206: These routes will keep operating on their current schedules as published. Schedules are subject to change with Regional Rail interim schedule changes and will be updated online.
Norristown High Speed Line: Trains will stay on their summer schedule until Sunday night, Sept. 18, when the Radnor Station improvement project will be completed. New schedule information will be published on SEPTA's System Status section before taking effect Monday, Sept. 19.