SEPTA holds hearings on fare hikes, smart cards

    The transit agency serving Philadelphia and its suburbs is holding public hearings this week on fare hikes and a new “smart card” system set to go into effect later this year.

    The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says the hikes would take effect July 1. The “smart-card” electronic fare collection system is set to start in the fall.

    The price of a token will go up from $1.55 to $1.80, but tokens would be eliminated once the smart-card system is fully implemented on bus, subway, and trolley lines. Prices for regional rail passes for trains serving the suburbs would also be going up.

    The first public hearing will be Monday in Media, followed by one in Norristown on Tuesday and one in Philadelphia on Wednesday. There will be one in West Chester on Friday and one in Doylestown on April 22.

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