The launch of SEPTA Key, the token-less system that we’ve been anticipating for what seems like forever now, is almost here. Late-November is when Key is finally expected to launch.
In the meanwhile, SEPTA is adding some new payment options. “Quick Trips” is being introduced at three stations in South Philly to allow passengers to pay for a single trip ticket of $2.25 without needing to have exact change for the teller, instead this fare can now be paid with credit and debit cards.
An archaic testament to Philadelphia’s more violent past, SEPTA cashiers do not make change, citing risk of robbery. Passengers without a token handy have long been forced to pay the exact fare, overpay, or ask fellow passengers for change.
A spokesman also said that SEPTA Key’s “Travel Wallet” feature, which will allow users to load up their cards with cash to be used in lieu of tokens for $1.80 fares, is set to roll out in late November.
The South Philly stations now offering the Quick Trips feature include Ellsworth-Federal, Tasker-Morris and AT&T.