SEPTA inching toward finish line for new fare system

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SEPTA is getting closer to making its electronic fare-payment system reality. 

The transporation agency is working to iron out any wrinkles with the smartcard fare-paying system, said Joe Casey, SEPTA general manager.

“We expect to start the pilot program in a couple of weeks and, hopefully, roll it out by the end of the calendar year,” he said.

The new system — dubbed “SEPTA Key” — will eliminate the need for tokens or exact fares, Casey said, making it easier for those who don’t commute daily.

“Especially for visitors and occasional riders, we think it’s going to be more convenient for them to take the system,” he said.

The SEPTA Key system will allow commuters to use credit or debit cards with computer chips.

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