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 https://www.philaplanning.org. Residents can send their suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.