PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA buses are no longer stopping at 6th and Market streets because of the congestion caused by Greyhound's new curbside station there.
Since Wednesday, SEPTA's route 17, 33 and 48 buses have not been stopping at 6th Street, says SEPTA Spokesman Andrew Busch. With so many people boarding Greyhound, Flixbus, Megabus and Peter Pan tour buses at 6th and Market, SEPTA says it's an accident waiting to happen.
"Seeing the congestion there, seeing instances where people were loading and unloading baggage in the bus lanes in some instances from these tour buses,” Busch said. “We were concerned that eventually we would have a situation where someone could get hurt."
Greyhound closed its 10th and Filbert station two months ago, moving to an office on Sixth Street with no shelter.
Busch says SEPTA studied the confluence of buses, cars pedestrians and Ubers for a month and a half, before making the decision. He says SEPTA has been talking with the city about some possible resolution, but that SEPTA's three routes will be skipping Sixth and Market until further notice.