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Analysis of Modernization Scenarios for SEPTA Route 34

Product No.: 15005
Date Published: 5/2016
Pages: 54

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Geographic Area Covered: City of Philadelphia

Abstract: This project used microsimulation software to test the travel time and delay outcomes of various trolley modernization scenarios for the street-running portions of SEPTA Route 34. The microsimulation analysis was built on a prior DVRPC Transit First analysis of Route 34 (pub. 09040, March 2010), updated to reflect new 2014 baseline traffic and transit conditions. This effort also included an initial analysis of some of the elements under consideration, drawing on SEPTA data and industry peer experience, as well as sketch projections of likely wheelchair boarding rates for accessible trolleys based on SEPTA’s experience with otheraccessible routes. In general, higher levels of intervention resulted in higher levels of projected cumulative travel time benefit.

Key Words: SEPTA, Trolley, Wheelchair, ADA, Modernization, Stop Consolidation, Low Friction Fare Payment, Transit Signal Priority, TSP, VISSIM, Microsimulation

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