Though SEPTA has been way behind the curve with payment technology, the new payment system rolling out later this year will make New York and Washington’s fare cards seem obsolete, says Newsworks.
The new payment system, which will eliminate tokens in favor or smart cards that you can link to a credit card, is in the testing phase now and will start rolling out by this summer.
Philadelphia will soon make a big leap, said Matthew Mitchell, president of the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers. “What’s happening with the SEPTA plan is they’re going to completely skip the generation of cards that New York and Washington have been using,” he said.
Mitchell said SEPTA is going directly to the new open payments model “where, besides having the option of using a system-branded ‘smart card,’ a SEPTA card, you’ll eventually be able to use any regular credit or debit card that has a chip encoded in it.”
Bring it on. We’re sick of having to go to an ATM to get tokens.