SEPTA today reports that it saw an increase of 35 percent in ridership numbers over Nite Owl bus service this weekend, the first since it's implemented the new system. Nearly 6,000 riders were counted between midnight and 5 a.m. Saturday night into early Sunday morning.
According to a news release, SEPTA staff reported that "a lot of young people" were taking advantage of the overnight service with the busiest stations being 40th Street, Second Street, Spring Garden and Girard on the Market-Frankford Line between midnight and 2 p.m.
Chief Thomas Nestel, who patrolled the whole period, said no crime was reported.
The weekend overnight service is in pilot form right now and will continue until Labor Day. SEPTA will evaluate ridership, costs, security and more to see if it will continue after that time.