Could additional weekend service be on the way?Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro
SEPTA officials are considering extending Market-Frankford Line and Broad Street Line services into the wee hours of weekend mornings.
Spokeswoman Jerri Williams said Thursday the transit agency has been mulling plans to extend service on Fridays and Saturdays until 3 a.m.
But it would only be temporary for SEPTA to test whether the extension is realistic.
"We are looking into it," Williams said. "We need to make sure the ridership is at the level that would support extended hours."
Williams said SEPTA is crunching the numbers and asking: What would it cost? Would more riders than usual take SEPTA at night?
"It's been something that over the years people have asked us about," she said. "We know that the city life, especially on the weekends and in Center City, has definitely changed."
Residents, especially young people, are out later and businesses are staying open later, Williams conceded.
"It's just a matter of trying to really look at whether or not it makes sense to continue the subway," she said.
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