PATCO Now Takes Credit and Debit for Paper Tickets

Until Wednesday, the rail service's ticket machines only accepted cash for paper tickets.

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Passengers who prefer plastic to cash will now have an easier time riding PATCO. The Philly-South Jersey rail service now accepts credit and debit cards at its ticket machines for the purchase of one-way and round-trip paper tickets.

The change was implemented on Wednesday. Passengers who prefer the pay-as-you-go lifestyle no longer have to worry about carrying a lot of cash with them. They can buy up to nine one-way or round-trip tickets at station vending machines, but there’s a caveat: tickets expire after three days.

Until the recent change, plastic and other electronic payment could only be used to buy and add value to PATCO’s FREEDOM passes. FREEDOM cards — which operate like E-Z Passes — can be purchased for $5 with American Express, MasterCard or Visa. The cards can also be reloaded online at PATCO’s website.

Your move, SEPTA Key.

[h/t NBC Philadelphia]