Introducing the Conshohocken Cab: A suburban borough is addressing traffic, sustainability concerns with low-cost shuttle

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Starting Wednesday, commuters in the Borough of Conshohocken will have yet another transportation option: the Conshohocken Cab.

The borough, in partnership with the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Agency (GVF), is launching a low-cost shuttle with 20 stops throughout Conshohocken and its bordering municipalities.

“We can really make this useful and fun and convenient for not only our residents but for visitors to the borough,” said Shauna Wylesol, a borough administrator and shuttle project coordinator.

A ticket to ride the Conshohocken Cab costs just $2. (Courtesy of TransNet)

The yellow, 14-passenger shuttle will ride in a continuous loop. For $2, people can take a trip through the one-square-mile borough’s downtown area to the new SEPTA train station.

Interested riders can also purchase a 10-trip ticket for $10. The Conshohocken Cab is ADA-compliant, equipped with a bike rack and free Wi-Fi. Seniors with a SEPTA pass as well as minors accompanied by adults ride free.

“We don’t want this to feel off limits to anyone and I think that the choices that we’ve made have really helped to promote the accessibility of the project,” Wylesol said.

Over the past decade, the borough has experienced a boom in development and population. From high-rise apartment complexes to multifamily apartment complexes, Conshohocken is evolving.

“It’s exciting to see this kind of growth but with that you need to take additional steps to make sure you’re providing for an excess in community,” Wylesol said.

The goal of the shuttle is to ultimately limit traffic by reducing the number of single-occupancy vehicles on the road.

“We want to make sure that we are also growing in our offering,” Wylesol said. “So to have all these additional bodies going through the borough every day, it seems not only from an environmental standpoint but just for traffic flow and for ease of access — it was like a no-brainer for us to have an option for people.”

The 14-passenger vehicle will ride through the borough’s downtown area to the SEPTA station. (Courtesy of TransNet)

So far, the fleet consists of one TransNet vehicle.

“We’ll be conducting an analysis — monthly reports — providing that to the borough and if we’re seeing that ridership is really high in certain parts, maybe there could be another shuttle that’s added,” said Maureen Farrell, deputy executive director for GVF. “Maybe it’s during the evening hours. But right now, we’ll be starting with just one vehicle.”

  • February 7, 2024
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