SEPTA’s digital fare card hurts the city’s poor, advocate says

September 28, 2018
Commuters swipe their SEPTA key cards at the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby.

By Staff

SEPTA is closing in on its goal of making the Key card the standard fare system for the region’s public transit service.

As of last month, 980,000 cards had been sold, SEPTA officials said, and on city transit between 70 to 80 percent of fares are paid with the smart card. The cards can be used for monthly or weekly fare plans, can maintain a balance to pay for trips, or can be loaded with money as needed by infrequent transit users. SEPTA is in the midst of unveiling the system for Regional Rail, the last major SEPTA service that hasn’t widely converted to Key.

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