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Philadelphia shifting to electronic fares, away from tokens

Posted March 9

— Philadelphia's main transit agency is taking a big step toward shifting riders away from tokens, paper transfers and cash to electronic fare cards.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says that starting Monday, bus, subway and trolley users in Philadelphia will be able to obtain the new cards at select locations and load them up with $10 to $250 worth of discounted rides.

City stations are now equipped to accept the cards but it will take two weeks to make them available at all kiosks.

Regional rail lines won't be on the new system until later this year.

No cutoff date has been set for token use at fare boxes. Meanwhile, customers can also use them to load rides onto their new cards.

Until now, only weekly and monthly pass customers had access to the cards.

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Online: www.septa.org/key

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