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City Branch Transit Feasibility Study

Publication No.: 14020
Date Published: 11/2015

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Geographic Area Covered: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Abstract: The City Branch Transit Feasibility Study was conducted by DVRPC staff in collaboration with SEPTA and the City of Philadelphia. The study takes a fresh look at the City Branch right-of-way, an unused, SEPTA-owned corridor in Center City Philadelphia, to evaluate its greatest potential use as a transportation asset in the near- and long-term. The study analyzes the feasibility of three existing concepts for reusing the City Branch: the Cultural Corridor, a tourism-focused route proposed by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission; express bus service for existing SEPTA bus routes; and a combined busway and trail. The analysis did not find any of these three concepts to be viable transit options at this time, but acknowledged recent trends that may make the City Branch useful for transit service in the long-term future. The study includes background on past planning efforts, an overview of existing conditions, conceptual feasibility analysis, order-of-magnitude cost estimates, and recommendations addressing future transit use potential for the City Branch.

Key Words: City Branch, Transit, SEPTA, Philadelphia, Cultural Corridor, Express Busway, Transit + Trail

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