SEPTA's board approved a new bus route Thursday to connect residential neighborhoods like Grays Ferry and Brewerytown with University City.
The rail agency's board voted unanimously to accept a plan for a Route 49 bus, which will also travel through Strawberry Mansion and Fairmount. The seven-mile route will begin operating on a trial basis in early 2019.
The route, SEPTA's first entirely new bus service in a decade, has been years in the making, and was designed to create direct bus access for residential communities with a significant number of workers who commute to University City or take Regional Rail from 30th Street Station. About 2,000 University City workers live within a quarter-mile of the route.