Northeast: Subway Lines May Reach Residents in 2035

Marquita Maldonado, who lives near the Roosevelt Boulevard, rides buses to get around the city.
Marquita Maldonado, who lives near the Roosevelt Boulevard, rides buses to travel through the city.

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is proposing a new subway station near the corner of Bustleton Avenue and Robbins Street, along Roosevelt Boulevard. The station would be a subway and elevated line station connected to the Broad Street line’s express tracks.

The proposal, published in a city-wide blueprint for 2035, describes the Northeast as one of the least connected regions by public transit.

Gary Jastrzab, executive director of the commission, said while 25 percent of Northeast residents rely on public transportation, they are burdened with long travel times and transfers.

But Jastrzab said a new station would lure more transit riders.

“We think it would encourage people to get out of their cars, which would help them save money and limit air pollution,” he said.

The proposal’s findings come from a 2003 study which investigated transit habits in the region. A new station could attract about 124,500 riders and reduce traffic on Roosevelt Boulevard and I-95.

Jastrzab said a better connected Northeast could bring more customers to local businesses.

Marquita Maldonado, a bus rider who lives near the Roosevelt Boulevard, said 2035 is too far away to consider right now.

“I’ll probably have kids and live somewhere else by then,” Maldonado said.

On March 1, residents can voice their opinions on the long-term plan at the commission’s special meeting at the One Parkway Building, 1515 Arch St.

The 2035 draft can be found at Residents can send their suggestions to

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  1. Subturn chestnut hill east line into a subway elevated. Expanding to Plymouth meeting. The line will go underground at Wayne junction. The line will then proceed under berkley st, Roberts ave, wissahickon ave. The line will then travel beneath 22nd st with a station in the museum district. The line will turn west under south street then proceed un the river into university city. The line will travel under spruce street to 40th. The line will travel south under 40th street to woodland ave. The line will travel under woodland ave and island ave where it will connect with the airport line just east of lindbergh blvd and then follow airport line into the airport. The existing airport line will be abandoned.

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