SEPTA’s About to Get More Expensive

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Pretty soon, you’re going to have to fish a little more dough from your pocket if you want to take SEPTA.

The transportation agency just approved system-wide fare hikes that will kick in on July 1st. The increases were first proposed in March, just before SEPTA unveiled its budget plan.

Changes include a 20 cent increase in the price of a SEPTA token (from $1.80 to $2) and a 25 cent increase in cash/quick trips (from $2.25 to $2.50). Regional Rail passes will rise by as much as $13.

Before you get too frustrated, know that fare increases are typical every three years, and we’re overdue – the last occurred in 2013, and price hikes were delayed in 2016 because of the SEPTA key rollout (which went so smoothly).

Here’s a summary of the fare increases, per SEPTA’s website:
  • Cash Fare/Quick Trip: Increase from $2.25 to $2.50
  • Discounted single ride with SEPTA Key Travel Wallet/Token: From $1.80 to $2
  • Disabled Fare: From $1 to $1.25
  • Paratransit/Shared Ride: $4 to $4.25
  • Weekly TransPass: From $24 to $25.50 (up to 56 trips for one customer)
  • Monthly TransPass: From $91 to $96 (up to 240 trips for one customer)
  • Weekly TrailPasses: Currently $27.25-$53, depending on zone; Increase to $28.25-$55.75 (up to 56 trips for one customer)
  • Monthly TrailPasses: Currently $101-$191, depending on zone; Increase to $105-$204 (up to 240 trips for one customer)
  • Convenience Pass: From $8 to $9
  • Independence Pass: Individual – $12 to $13; Family – $29 to $30
  • Ten Trip Discounted Fares for Regional Rail: Currently $38-80 depending on zone; Increase to $40-$82.50. (Please note: Ten-Trip Tickets will be replaced upon implementation of the SEPTA Key)
  • Parking: Regional Rail surface lot daily parking fee will increase from $1 to $1.25 with implementation of the SEPTA Key. Surface lot monthly permits will increase from $20 to $25.
Here are hikes by railroad division:
Railroad Division Current Proposed SEPTA Key Fare Kiosk
Weekly TrailPass Zone 1 $27.25 $28.25 $28.25 $28.25
Weekly TrailPass Zone 2 $36.50 $39.00 $39.00 $39.00
Weekly TrailPass Zone 3 $44.00 $47.00 $47.00 $47.00
Weekly TrailPass Zone Anywhere $53.00 $55.75 $55.75 $55.75
Monthly TrailPass Zone 1 $101.00 $105.00 $105.00 $105.00
Monthly TrailPass Zone 2 $135.00 $144.00 $144.00 $144.00
Monthly TrailPass Zone 3 $163.00 $174.00 $174.00 $174.00
Monthly TrailPass Zone Anywhere $191.00 $204.00 $204.00 $204.00

The full details of the fare hikes are posted online.

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Why Do People Need to Be Shamed Into Having Good Subway Manners?

Earlier this week, I was taking my usual morning SEPTA ride on the Market-Frankord line — arguably the least enjoyable part of my day for myriad reasons — when, as I shuffled onto the packed rush-hour train, I saw a man sitting in one seat and using the second seat as a sort of ottoman, with his leg sprawled across it. Like the El train was his freakin’ living room. Meanwhile, I was standing with my face directly in someone else’s armpit. Needless to say, this enraged me.

But there’s subway rudeness that affects a woman in her 20s who appears perfectly capable of standing (offensive, but not wildly so), and then there’s subway rudeness that affects a woman growing a tiny human inside of them, or an elderly person lugging their groceries home on the subway.

The sad truth: I have witnessed plenty of this kind of subway rudeness, too.

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Broad Street Line Delayed After Person Struck on Track

Photo | Flickr user Paul Sableman under a Creative Commons license

A person was struck by a train this morning on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line.

The incident occurred early this morning at the BSL’s Ellsworth-Federal stop in South Philadelphia.

Service has resumed at the station after a temporary shutdown this morning, but the transportation agency said to expect residual delays and crowded conditions throughout the day.   Read more »

How Philly Ended Up With a 30-Foot Squirrel Nibbling on a SEPTA Token

Photo by Bridget Kelly.

Evan Lovett’s zany new mural on the border of Kensington and North Philadelphia has captured hearts for its lifelike depiction of a cute and cuddly squirrel, coupled with its inclusion of a soon-to-be bygone symbol of SEPTA ridership. (Are people really feeling nostalgic for tokens already?)

But without one key suggestion from a local homeowner, this art installation on the 2200 block of North Hancock Street would be a lot less Philly-centric.

Lovett told Philly Mag that while painting a gigantic squirrel was his own idea (his Kensington pigeon was the first in Visual Urban Renewal & Transformation’s Local Critters project), the idea to have it feasting on a SEPTA token came straight from the brain of the person who donated the wall for his mural.

“When I first came up with the design a year ago I didn’t know that SEPTA would disband the token,” Lovett said. “When it came time to paint the piece, it just became relevant.”

Lovett said other small items were also considered, but he and the VURT team were looking for something more closely connected to the neighborhood in which the piece was going up. Given the close proximity of the El, the homeowner’s suggestion of a SEPTA token was just what they were looking for.

It took Lovett about ten hours to paint the mural, which he completed all in one day after the weather wouldn’t cooperate during several previous attempts. Another VURT artist, Anthony Enochs, helped Lovett fill in the squirrel.

“I couldn’t have gotten it done without his help,” Lovett said of Enochs.

As for what’s next, Lovett said he’d love to paint murals of a raccoon and a possum, and maybe even some chickens too.

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Mass Delays on SEPTA Regional Rail

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All SEPTA Regional Rail lines were experiencing delays of up to 45 minutes as of noon today.

The transportation organization reported overhead wires issues around 9 a.m. this morning near the Jenkintown-Wyncote Station in Montgomery County. Read more »

Person Struck and Killed on SEPTA Regional Rail

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A person died after being struck by a SEPTA Regional Rail train this morning.

The incident occurred around 5:10 a.m. on the Lansdale/Doylestown line. Service between the Lansdale and Doylestown stops was still suspended shortly before 9 a.m. this morning.  Read more »

Here Are the New SEPTA Regional Rail Schedules

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SEPTA Regional Rail lines have adjusted to new schedules.

Most lines have altered weekday and Saturday and Sunday train times – meaning trains will likely leave a few minutes earlier or later than you’re used to. It’s part of the final implementation phase of Positive Train Control, a safety system meant to prevent tragedies like the 2015 Amtrak crash.

In particular, the Chestnut Hill East, Media/Elwyn, Lansdale/Doylestown, Paoli/Thorndale and West Trenton lines are seeing significant changes in the Saturday and Sunday schedules.  Read more »

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