July 1, 2013 --
Hopefully you are one of the many SEPTA riders who stocked up on tokens over the weekend, because today fares are going up.
As of midnight, SEPTA's fare hike has gone into effect. This is its first fare hike in three years, and while some riders are resigned to the inevitability of price hikes, others were none too pleased.
Raeneera Ash of West Philadelphia tells Action News, "It's just too much. There's always something with SEPTA. So for it to go up, it's just ridiculous at this point."
The changes to fares include:
Cash trips on buses, subways and trolleys will go from $2.00 to $2.25. Sometime next year, that price will go up another quarter;
Single trip tokens will cost $1.80;
On Regional Rail lines fare zones will be consolidated with the elimination of Zone 5, and Gender stickers will be gone;
Freezing CCT Paratransit fares at the current level of $4, rather than an increase to $4.50;
Lowering increases to weekly and monthly TransPasses, which will go from $22 to $24, and $83 to $91, respectively;
Raising ride limits on weekly and monthly passes to 56 and 240, respectively;
Continuing to accept TransPasses on the Airport Regional Rail Line to accommodate Philadelphia International Airport employees until the NPT system is in place on Regional Rail;
Charging the standard base fare on portions of bus routes 124 and 125 that provide local service between Gulph Mills and Chesterbrook, and inbound from the Wissahickon Transportation Center.
SEPTA says many of these changes will begin to establish the foundation for the New Payment Technologies Program, the goal of which is to make travel more convenient and allow for seamless travel through all SEPTA services.
The New Payment Technologies Program is set to be complete in 2015.
For more information on fare changes, visit http://www.septa.org/fares/new/index.html.