SEMTA pre­serves two Mont­gomery Mall bus routes

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Jour­nal Reg­is­ter News Ser­vice

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.

Ac­cord­ing to SEmTA, 5RuWH 94 wLOO NHHS LWs fi­nal night­time trips from the Mont­gomery Mall and Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege at or near their cur­rent times. Some evening trip times will be PRGL­fiHG WR DOORw IRU PRUH HI­fiFLHnW usH RI 6E37A Eus- es, while Sun­day ser­vice is slated to be scaled back to UHflHFW ORFDO UHWDLO RSHnLnJ and clos­ing times.

Mean­while, ooute NP2 night trips from Mont­gomery Mall will be kept at cur­rent times. Satur­day morn­ing trip times will be ad­justed to pro­vide ac­cess to lo­cal re­tail busi­nesses, with evening trips modi- fiHG DnG nLJhWWLPH WULSs WR Telford op­er­at­ing ear­lier than cur­rently sched­uled. Sun­day ser­vice on ooute NP2 will be scaled back to UHflHFW UHWDLO RSHnLnJ DnG clos­ing times, with lim­ited mid­day ser­vice.

“den­er­ally, it’s not com­mon for SEmTA to elim­i­nate ser­vice and it also wouldn’t be a real com­mon thing to turn that around once elim­i­na­tion has been pro­posed, but we’re very happy that it has turned around,” said SEmTA press RI­fiFHU AnGUHw BusFh.

BusFh HxSODLnHG WhDW WhH ser­vice re­duc­tions were pro­posed af­ter re­cent Mont­gomery County bud­get cuts did away with the sub­sidy the county was pro­vid­ing to help fund SEmTA’s night­time bus trips on the two routes.

“SEmTA didn’t want to do this, that’s why the hear­ing process is in place, and there was a strong turnout and the mes­sage was loud DnG FOHDU,” sDLG BusFh. “We saw the im­pact this would have on stu­dents and mall em­ploy­ees, so we went back to work and fiJuUHG RuW hRw wH FRuOG con­tinue the ser­vice with a few ad­just­ments to help us cut costs.”

BusFh sDLG WhDW PRsW SDs­sen­gers will see lit­tle to no change to cur­rent ser­vice. Ac­cord­ing to a SEmTA press re­lease, the great­est im­pact will oc­cur Sun­days, when trip fre­quen­cies will be lim­ited at the times of low­est rid­er­ship.

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.

Photo by GE­OFF PAT­TON

A SEPTA Route 94 bus leaves Mont­gomery Mall Mon­day.

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