SEPTA to hold smart card info session

Riders will have a chance to catch a glimpse at the new smart card system at SEPTA headquarters next month.

The authority announced Thursday that it will be holding a new payment technologies information session during lunch time on April 1.

Riders will have a chance to browse displays and presentations and ask questions about the fare system, according to a press release.

When completed, riders will be able to pay fares using any device, such as a credit card, that has a special radio chip implanted in it.

The session will be held on the mezzanine level of 1234 Market St. from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SEPTA hopes to award a contract to build the system by the early summer, and installation will take several years.

Still to be resolved is how the new fare collection system will work on regional rail.

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