SEPTA’s About to Get More Expensive

The transportation agency just approved system-wide fare hikes that will go into effect in July.

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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 DivisionCurrentProposedSEPTA KeyFare 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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