The stressful search for perfect change will soon be obsolete for SEPTA commuters. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will rid of tokens for fares throughout the beginning month of 2018.
SEPTA is changing the way riders pay to make it easier, and more convenient. The Authority will slowly begin to phase out tokens as customers will use the Key Cards for quick, tap-and-go travel.
Key Cards do not need to be swiped or inserted, but with the tap of the card, riders will be able to use them across all transit including trolleys, buses, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street-Line/Broad-Ridge Spur, the Norristown High-Speed Line, and more.
According to reports, token sales already dropped with the available Key Cards. Several cashiers booths and vending machines at Market-Frankford and Broad Street Line stations will be removed over a six-week period, starting in the middle of January 2018.
The sale of tokens will remain at major SEPTA sales offices, Regional Rail stations, and at least 200 third-party retailers until more details are collected.
Earlier this year, SEPTA stopped selling “legacy” magnetic strip TransPasses at sales offices forcing weekly and monthly riders to switch to using the SEPTA Key Cards. Key Cards are currently free but require a minimum $10 balance.
Customers can add to their Card using a Travel Wallet which has the same discounted fare as a token. The Travel Wallet will automatically deduct single- rides at the discounted token rate. The switch can be done at a fare kiosk, online, or by calling the Key customer service center.
More details on the Key Cards, such as how to switch from tokens and paper transfers can be found online at www.SeptaKey.Org.
WBCB’s Renee Washington contributed to this post.