SEPTA eliminates 'A' and 'B' trains on Market-Frankford Line

Mike DeNardo
January 22, 2020 - 5:47 pm
People boarding the Market Frankford Line.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA is scrapping "A" and "B" stops on the Market-Frankford Line, starting next month. 

Call it the "all local" line as SEPTA plans to eliminate skip stops on the El during rush hours. The change takes effect with the new SEPTA schedule coming out Feb. 23. 

SEPTA's assistant general manager for operations Scott Sauer says an all-local pilot in 2018 showed no appreciable effect on service. He says skipping eight of the El's 28 stops was always designed to distribute the load on trains, not to help riders get to their destinations faster. 

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The Berks, York-Dauphin, Huntingdon, Somerset, Tioga and Church stations on the east side and 63rd and Millbourne stations on the west end were subject to being skipped. 

Sauer says with ridership growing in areas like Fishtown, it made sense to stop the A and B trains.

"Over the years we've seen that the stations that we're skipping are seeing much more ridership now. So we feel like it's the right time to eliminate those skips," he said.

Sauer says SEPTA is preparing new signage and messaging to let riders know of the change.