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Complaining about SEPTA’s service is commonplace.

It is common to hear about infrequent and unreliable service. And SEPTA agrees. This is why the agency has been working for more than two years on an overhaul of its regional bus network.

But not everyone is happy with the proposals. Our main story focuses on rider pushback.

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According to a survey of 2,456 regular bus users.

But when SEPTA leaders released proposals for shorter, straighter routes in October, riders pushed back, saying such a shake-up in their lives would do more harm than good.

Reminders: At a meeting last month, Roxborough residents were furious that two direct lines to downtown would instead stop at the 30th Street station, where they could transfer to the Market-Frankford El or other buses to continue. In response, SEPTA modified the plan to retain both routes.

People can always comment on the proposal by phone or email. SEPTA planners make adjustments based on feedback.

And after: A final plan is expected in a few weeks. Then there will be another round of community meetings and formal hearings.

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