SEPTA Launches On-Demand Transit

The Philadelphia suburbs will soon have a new transit option thanks to an on-demand service from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), reports Hannah Gross for NBC Philadelphia.

“Riders will be able to request a lift through their phones and see when a driver could arrive. SEPTA says there will be a 30-minute response time from the initial request.” The service will cost $2 with a KEY card or $2.50 cash, the same as fare on SEPTA buses. “Depending on what software the transit organization acquires, it’s possible riders will be able to schedule rides in advance or create a recurring reservation.”

The service is designed to fill gaps in existing SEPTA bus service and expand transit to more areas and will use smaller buses equipped with bike racks.