SEMTA preserves two Montgomery Mall bus routes
Following public outcry in lctober during hearings over the proposed elimination of weekday evening and weekend trips on two bus routes impacting the Montgomery Mall and Montgomery County Community College, SEmTA announced Wednesday that service will be preserved on both routes, albeit with some changes that will be implemented Feb. N7.
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Current schedules will remain in effect until Feb. N7, and new schedules will be available online at www. SEmTA.org on or around Feb. P.
A SEPTA Route 94 bus leaves Montgomery Mall Monday.