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Tokens Finally a Thing of the Past for Philly's Transit Riders

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) are expecting to roll out the final components of the new SEPTA Key system, allowing all riders to pay the fare with something other than tokens.
November 14, 2016, 5am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Next week SEPTA plans to launch SEPTA Key’s 'travel wallet' function, which replaces tokens with reloadable funds on the new fare cards," reports Jim Sanksa. As noted, by Sanksa, fare cards have been limited to weekly and monthly riders since the summer. A full roll out of fare cards (and the end of transit tokens) was planned for December 2013, and the confusion and frustration over delays continued into January 2016.

More details about next steps for SEPTA commuters follow:

Current SEPTA Key 'Early Adopters' who have used the card for weekly and monthly transit passes will be able to add or switch to the travel wallet function. SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said there will be a limited number of new cards made available at the start of this next, exciting phase in the fare technology’s long rollout.

Sanksa also provides details on new SEPTA cards for seniors, and the details of how the new cards will work.

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