SEPTA officials and local politicians are scheduled to break ground at 9:30 a.m. today on a new project to improve operations at the 23rd and Venango "bus loop" — where several bus routes terminate and begin again.
Manny Smith, SEPTA spokesman, said the transit agency has federal funds left over from the 33rd and Dauphin renovation project, which was completed under budget.
"We were able to re-deploy those funds to other bus loops," he said.
Planned improvements include a boarding island for Route 56 passengers, a new passenger shelter, a new facility for SEPTA operators, bicycle parking, improved lighting, repaved pedestrian sidewalks, new bus driveways, repainted crosswalks and new landscaping.
The loop, which serves more than 5,000 riders daily, will be closed for the duration of the project and riders will use nearby temporary stops. It's expected to provide a safer, more efficient experience for riders when complete.
"It is a busy end of the line for us," Smith said.
The project is expected to cost $1.4 million, start in June and take about 10 months.