SEPTA plans fare hikes this sum­mer

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PHILADEL­PHIA >> SEPTA has had more than its share of prob­lems re­cently, seem­ingly con­stantly dis­rupt­ing the lives of rid­ers on the re­gional rail sys­tem.

That is not stopping it from ask­ing rid­ers to dig deeper in their pock­ets.

Yes, the tran­sit gi­ant is plan­ning to hike fares.

SEPTA of­fi­cials have an­nounced fare hikes across the board that would go into ef­fect July 1 if they are ap­proved by the tran­sit author­ity’s board.

SEPTA hiked fares in 200, 2010 and 2013. An in­crease slated for 2016 was post­poned to al­low time for the ini­tial roll­out of their new smart card pay sys­tem SEPTA Key.

“In keep­ing with the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Penn­syl­va­nia Trans­porta­tion Fund­ing and Re­form Com­mis­sion, SEPTA has adopted a pol­icy of mak­ing pe­ri­odic fare ad­just­ments, with in­creases in 2007, 2010 and 2013,” SEPTA stated in a press re­lease. “This pro­posal rep­re­sents the next reg­u­larly sched­uled fare in­crease – the 2016 in­crease was post­poned to al­low time for the ini­tial roll­out of the SEPTA Key.

Pend­ing ap­proval by the SEPTA Board, the pro­posed fare hikes would go into ef­fect at the start of July.

Here is a sum­mary of changes to some of the most widely used fare pay­ment meth­ods. The full fare in­crease pro­posal and public hear­ing sched­ule can be seen on the SEPTA web­site at www. septa.org/no­tice/farechange-hear­ing.html.

• Cash Fare/quick Trip: In­crease from $2.25 to $2.50

• To­kens/dis­counted sin­gle ride with Key: From $1.80 to $2

• Tran­sit Trans­fers would re­main un­changed at $1

• 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; pro­posed in­crease to $28.25$55.75 (up to 56 trips for one cus­tomer)

• Monthly Trail­passes: Cur­rently $101-$191, de­pend­ing on zone; pro­posed 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; pro­posed in­crease to $40-$82.50. (Please note: Ten-trip Tick­ets will be re­placed upon im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SEPTA Key)

• For other Re­gional Rail fare pro­pos­als, such as pre-paid sin­gle trips, on-board pur­chases and Intermediate One-way fares, please re­fer to the at­tached fare chart.

• Park­ing: Re­gional Rail sur­face lot daily park­ing fee would in­crease from $1 to $1.25 with im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SEPTA Key. Sur­face lot monthly per­mits would in­crease from $20 to $25.

SEPTA is hold­ing a se­ries of public hear­ings re­gard­ing the pro­posed fare in­crease. Two hear­ing ses­sions will be held in each of the five coun­ties that make up SEPTA’S ser­vice re­gion.

Cus­tomers, res­i­dents, stake­hold­ers and other mem­bers of the public are en­cour­aged to at­tend, ask ques­tions and sub­mit com­ments. An in­de­pen­dent Hear­ing Ex­am­iner will at­tend all ses­sions, and make rec­om­men­da­tions be­fore the pro­posal goes to the SEPTA Board for a vote.

The re­main­ing public hear­ing sched­ule is as fol­lows:

• Mon­day, April 24: (Philadel­phia) SEPTA Head­quar­ters – Board Room, Mez­za­nine Level; 1234 Mar­ket Street, Philadel­phia, PA. Ses­sions at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

• Tues­day, April 25: Mont­gomery County Hu­man Ser­vices Cen­ter Com­mu­nity Room, Main Floor; 1430 Dekalb Street, Nor­ris­town, PA. Ses­sions at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion about SEPTA, visit http:// w w w.septa.org

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

SEPTA buses roll on 69th Street in Up­per Darby. It’s go­ing to cost more to ride buses, trains and trol­leys on the SEPTA sys­tem. The tran­sit agency is seek­ing fare hikes across the board.

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