SEPTA of Southeastern Pennsylvania has discontinued OWL Link service today, February 12th, 2022.
The Owl Link service was a service that was meant to connect people from overnight bus routes in Northeast Philadelphia to jobs in Lower Bucks County in the overnight hours. To use the service, riders were to download an app called “SEPTA Owl Link” and request a ride to connect with either route 14 at Horizon Blvd/Neshaminy Mall, Route 56 at Torresdale-Cottman Loop, or Route 66 at Frankford-Knights Loop between 10:30 pm and 6 am.
“SEPTA is launching Owl Link, as a pilot program, to support late night and shift work job opportunities in lower Bucks County. With the completion of the 1-95/PA 276 Interchange, more businesses with warehouse operations are opening in the Bristol, PA area creating and expanding job opportunities for people around the region. Owl Link creates a connection and improves access to businesses when regular SEPTA bus schedules may not match late night/overnight travel needs.” – SEPTA
The service started on May 10th, 2021, and was met with mixed reactions. Between the SEPTA unions and the of course the COVID pandemic hitting harder in Fall 2021. Ridership and reception of the service were constantly hit with complications.
There’s no word yet if SEPTA plans to reinstate the service, or the actual success yet.