Lansdale-Perkasie Extension (SEPTA Bethlehem Branch)

Passenger rail service was terminated between Lansdale and Bethlehem in July 1981. Shuttle rail service was terminated August 31, 1981 between Lansdale and Quakertown due to lack of state funding continue service. By 1984, all rail service (including freight) ceased on the corridor. In 2011, SEPTA converted the northern half of the line, from Coopersburg to Bethlehem into a jogging trail.

Shelly Station
Location of SEPTA's proposed "Shelly Transportation Center"

BucksTMA and the Bucks County Planning Commission, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Planning Commission and DVRPC are currently projecting 5,200 new riders for an extension of Lansdale service 8 miles, with 4 new stations via electrified SEPTA commuter rail service.

Based on the costs of $182 million to start service, and the 5,200 riders who would use the 4 stations, this project will have a farebox recovery of 103%, and an average of 550 riders per station. These are unprecedented statistics for any commuter rail project worldwide. SEPTA's best route has a farebox recovery rate of just 43%.