SEPTA moving to testing phase of electronic fare system

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 Leslie Hickman explains features of the new SEPTA sales kiosk. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Leslie Hickman explains features of the new SEPTA sales kiosk. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

SEPTA is moving forward with its new fare collection system, with testing just around the corner.

The electronic-fare kiosks, turnstiles and other equipment have been quietly popping up at SEPTA stations and on vehicles.

“We’ve installed close to 100 turnstiles in the city transit division, close to 50 fare kiosks,” said Leslie Hickman of SEPTA. “We’ve installed about 300 of the validators on the buses, and we’re ready to move toward a controlled pilot.”

The pilot offers a chance to give the hardware and software a trial run.

“It has to be right before we roll it out,” she said. “And we are going to be testing the system over the next couple of months to make sure it’s right.”

SEPTA aims to have the system operational in the city by the end of this year and in the suburbs, including the rail system, by 2016.

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