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Concept Development for Transit on Delaware Avenue

Product No.: 16046
Date Published: 11/2018
Pages: 84

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Geographic Area Covered: Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Abstract: Trolley, or light rail, service has long been suggested along Delaware Avenue but has lagged in advancing. DVRPC conducted this study to explore the possibility of expanding trolley service along Delaware Avenue as a part of and to coincide with their 8-10 year trolley modernization timeline. Analysis shows that adding rail transit along the waterfront has real challenges--lower existing population and employment density than typically justifies rail investment, relatively low bus ridership along the corridor's primary bus route (SEPTA's Route 25), an active freight line operating within most of the corridor's median, and capacity demands stemming from it's proximity to the I-95 interstate. Given those challenges, implementing near term improvements to existing bus service such as rebalancing frequencies, improving transit connection opportunities, improving safety, visibility and comfort of pedestrian connections and transit stops, decreasing travel times, and designating a vehicle fleet could build public transportation ridership and foster the multi modal corridor envisioned in the Delaware River Waterfront Corporations Master Plan for the Central Delaware. Long term, the service could grow to include a dedicated transit right-of-way within a reimagined Delaware Avenue right-of-way made possible by shifting vehicular capacity to I-95 north and south of the Delaware Avenue study area through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's I-95 Sector B planning and design.

Key Words: Waterfront, Delaware Avenue, Columbus Boulevard, SEPTA, bus, trolley

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