SEPTA File photo.

SEPTA announced Tuesday that its 24-hour weekend Broad Street Line and Market Frankford Line service will extend to Nov. 2.

Originally the pilot program, launched in June, was slated to expire after Labor Day weekend. But after a rise in weekend ridership SEPTA officials decided to extend the pilot program into the fall.

The extended hours were a result of SEPTA officials taking note of the increase in young people moving closer to Center City, staying out late and in need of a reliable ride home.


According to a statement, weekend ridershipincreased by 50 percent or more on most weekends since the new hours were instituted. Officials said they are hopeful to see a boost in ridership from returning vacationers and college students.

SEPTA officials said the extension will provide more information as they decide whether or not to make the 24-hour service permanent.

The Nite Owl buses, which were replaced on weekends with the extended subway and el hours, will continue its weekday-only service schedule through the extended pilot period.

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