Overnight weekend subway service extended

Posted: August 07, 2014

SEPTA's overnight weekend subway service - run as a pilot program since mid-June - will be extended through Nov. 2, the transit agency announced yesterday.

SEPTA's 24-hour weekend service runs on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines. The pilot, intended to accommodate increased demand for subway service among late-night riders Fridays and Saturdays, originally was intended to run just through Labor Day weekend.

Extending the pilot into the fall - when college students and summer vacationers return to town - will help SEPTA officials determine whether late-night weekend subway service is worth keeping permanently.

During the pilot, trains replace Nite Owl buses on weekends and holidays. Nite Owl buses still run overnight on weekdays.

"As we move into the fall, we hope to welcome new customers who haven't yet had a chance to use this service," SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey said.

The overnight weekend subway service has boosted ridership on the two lines at least 50 percent most weekends, Casey said. Additional fare revenue from the ridership boost could help fund the costs to run it, he added.


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