After holding public hearings in the five-county region, SEPTA has approved fare hikes that will affect prices across the board.
After holding public hearings in Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Philadelphia counties in April, SEPTA's board gave the go-ahead to the increases that will affect all modes of travel and payment.
Here are some highlights of the SEPTA fare changes:
- Cash Fare/Quick Trip: Increase from $2.25 to $2.50
- Discounted single ride with SEPTA Key Travel Wallet/Token: From $1.80 to $2
- Disabled Fare: From $1 to $1.25
- Paratransit/Shared Ride: $4 to $4.25
- Weekly TransPass: From $24 to $25.50 (up to 56 trips for one customer)
- Monthly TransPass: From $91 to $96 (up to 240 trips for one customer)
- Weekly TrailPasses: Currently $27.25-$53, depending on zone; Increase to $28.25-$55.75 (up to 56 trips for one customer)
- Monthly TrailPasses: Currently $101-$191, depending on zone; Increase to $105-$204 (up to 240 trips for one customer)
- Convenience Pass: From $8 to $9
- Independence Pass: Individual - $12 to $13; Family - $29 to $30
- Ten Trip Discounted Fares for Regional Rail: Currently $38-80 depending on zone; Increase to $40-$82.50. (Please note: Ten-Trip Tickets will be replaced upon implementation of the SEPTA Key)
- Parking: Regional Rail surface lot daily parking fee will increase from $1 to $1.25 with an implementation of the SEPTA Key. Surface lot monthly permits will increase from $20 to $25.
"For example, the new proposal removes 'premium fares' on the Norristown High-Speed Line and bus routes 123, 124, 125 and 150 - making these permanent standard-fare rides," SEPTA said.
SEPTA is planning to review its policy for $1 transfer fees per independent hearing examiner's recommendation. Recently, 5th Square, a political action committee based in the city, launched a petition opposing the transfer fees, saying the fees are "an unfair penalty for everyone whose home isn’t on the exact transit line as their job, family, school, grocery store, or place of worship."