SEPTA expands fare card to inner zones of regional rail system

FILE -- The first of SEPTA's new Regional Rail locomotives are going into service
Photo credit Mike DeNardo / KYW Newsradio
By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA is expanding its SEPTA Key fare card to zones 1 and 2 on the regional rails next month. 

Since August, commuters on the two outermost zones on SEPTA's regional rail system — zones 3 and 4 — have been able to load weekly and monthly trailpasses onto their SEPTA Key cards. Starting next month, riders in zones 1 and 2 can tap and go, says SEPTA's chief officer for revenue operations, Leslie Hickman.

"May 1, customers who want to move over and tap with the rest of our Zone 3 and 4 customers can do that," Hickman said.

SEPTA will start selling monthly May TrailPasses for Zones 1 and 2 this Saturday. Starting May 1, riders can buy weekly Zone 1 and 2 Trailpasses for the week beginning May 6.

She says for now, occasional riders can still get individual paper tickets.

"Right now you can still buy the individual Regional Rail rickets, but eventually that will also be phased out and replaced with Travel Wallet for the incidental one-trip, or I only need a pass to get into town for a couple of days."

Hickman also reminds current SEPTA Key users to look at the expiration dates on their cards. She says the cards expire after three years, so riders who got the very first ones issued in July of 2016 will have to renew their cards this summer.