Stock up on tokens now, because starting on Monday, the price of them is going to go from $1.55 to $1.80.
This fare hike is coming in tandem with SEPTA‘s move to its new electronic-payment system, which is scheduled to roll out sometime next summer. At that point, the cash fare will go up to $2.50 but the single-ride fare will remain $1.80 if you use any of the so-called smart methods of payment.
Those methods are not finalized but could include linking a credit card to a reusable SEPTA card, paying with credit cards with smart chips or even paying by flashing your cell phone. Once the boringly named New-Payment Technology begins, tokens and paper transfers will be phased out.
Plan Philly has a good breakdown of the changes if you want to know what they mean for Regional Rail and Transpasses, which you can check out here.