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SEPTA's 24-hour weekend service extended indefinitely after 'overwhelming popularity'

Nite Owl service on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street SEPTA lines, started in summer as a pilot program, has been extended indefinitely, SEPTA announced this morning, due to "overwhelming popularity."

SEPTA Broad Street Line subway File photo.
Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro

SEPTA weekend riders can rejoice.

'Nite Owl' overnight service on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street SEPTA lines, started in summer as a pilot program, has been extended indefinitely, SEPTA announced this morning, due to "overwhelming popularity."

About 15,000 riders have used the trains between midnight and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday each weekend since overnight service was introduced June 15.

Between the train lines, about 10,000 of those riders have been on the Market-Frankford Line, and 5,000 on the Broad Street Line.

On holiday weekends those numbers got even higher, with about 25,000 riders on the July 4 weekend using the overnight service. On Labor Day more than 17,000 passengers rode the overnight service trains.

“Late night customers have proven, by riding in record numbers each weekend that this is service they want,” said SEPTA General Manager Joseph M. Casey in a statement. “SEPTA is proud to be part of Philadelphia’s late night renaissance. That’s why even with the increased costs we have decided to continue overnight service.”

Also evaluated in this decision were safety issues, which have been a minimal concern during overnight service as SEPTA police are assigned to the overnight trains, according to SEPTA.

 

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