Riders react to SEPTA’s planned smart fare technology

Philadelphia’s transit system will eventually, finally have electronic payment options–that means no more tokens or transfers.  

At SEPTA’s headquarters, the agency showed a 15-minute explanatory video to the public.Kara Lindstrom echoes what many had to say–it’s about time.

“I’m optimistic,” Lindstrom said. “I’m hoping to see more progress in terms of implementation and details.”John D’Alessandro is concerned with fares for senior citizens.  “All we do now is show our Medicare card–nothing can be less complicated,” D’Alessandro said.  “So, now I don’t know if they’re going to complicate it in some way. That’s what we’re worried about.”Across the room, T.C. Mealey’s a little more relaxed. “People are quick to complain,” he said, “but I know SEPTA’s trying their hardest with it.”There’s plenty of time to iron out the details, he added. Indeed, SEPTA won’t award a contract for the project until this summer, and then it’ll be at least another two and a half years until the new system is implemented.

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