SEPTA wishes to inform you that it will be assuming operations of the Krapf’s Transit Route A bus route, effective Sunday, August 1, 2021. The service will be rebranded as SEPTA Bus Route 135. It will continue to serve points between Coatesville, Thorndale, Downingtown, Exton and West Chester, primarily on Lincoln Highway/Lancaster Avenue and Pottstown Pike. Actions to facilitate this transition were approved by the SEPTA Board on June 24, 2021.
Partly because of the COVID-19 pandemic, SEPTA has been providing emergency subsidies since April 2020 to keep the route in operation. The service provides critical access to jobs and government services but maintaining it as a privately funded operation was not sustainable. By making it part of the SEPTA bus network, the service will remain and generate the benefits of fare interoperability, in-network transfers and management systems that SEPTA brings to its other routes. The County Commissioners, County Planning Commission and SEPTA’s two Chester County board members have been kept informed of the process.
Other than SEPTA-logoed vehicles and new bus stop signage that is to come, little outward change should occur. Buses plan to use most of the same boarding and alighting locations that are currently used by Krapf’s. Early in the subsidy agreement, SEPTA took over responsibility for designing service levels and schedules. These will be maintained. SEPTA Service Planning and Operations staff have been actively involved during the transition process and will remain so after August 1. We are also looking for any assistance you can provide with identifying customers needing ADA paratransit services through our Customized Community Transportation (CCT), including agencies that work with disabled persons.
SEPTA looks forward to working with you during this transition and beyond to make the Route 135 a successful asset to your community.