PA: SEPTA Extends 24-Hour Weekend Subway/El Service

Aug. 05--SEPTA is extending its pilot 24-hour weekend service on the Broad Street and Market Frankford Lines through Nov. 2, the transit agency said Tuesday.

SEPTA said the extension will give it an opportunity to evaluate the service during the fall ridership season while at the same time possibly attracting new riders returning from summer vacations.

SEPTA launched the pilot on June 15 and planned to operate it until Labor Day.

During the pilot, trains are replacing Nite Owl buses on Fridays and Saturdays and on holidays. Nite Owl buses continue to provide overnight service on weekdays.

SEPTA said ridership has increased by 50 percent or more during the extended service hours on the two lines on most weekends this summer.

SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey said the agency wants to see if additional ridership and the associated increase in fare revenues will help offset the operating costs of the overnight service.

He said that will be a key factor in determining if the service will be extended beyond Nov. 2.

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