SEPTA phasing out paper tickets on regional rails

SEPTA Regional Rail
SEPTA Regional Rail Photo credit SEPTA
By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- SEPTA is starting to phase out paper tickets on the regional rails.

Andrew Busch, SEPTA’s chief press officer, said Friday is the last day paper tickets will be available.

“This includes single-trip tickets and also 10-trip tickets,” he explained. “But the good news is that the discounts folks get from those tickets is not going away. We think it’s becoming more convenient. It’s being moved over to the SEPTA Key.”

SEPTA Key is the transit agency's electronic fare card that includes a feature known as the Travel Wallet, where Busch says travelers can keep a balance, which is deducted every time the card is swiped to pay a fare.

“So you don’t have to have a monthly or weekly pass,” Busch said. “You put a balance on there -- $20, whatever it is you need for your travel -- and you pay as you go. Similar to how people have been doing for several years now on the subways and the buses.”

SEPTA Key tap
SEPTA Key tap Photo credit SEPTA

Busch says time is limited for anyone who decides to make one last purchase of paper tickets.

“You still do have 180 days to use them, so just be mindful of that,” he said. “If somebody is going to make that purchase, it’s a great time to switch over to the SEPTA Key then.”

Busch said SEPTA will work with riders to get credit for any paper tickets they may have bought right before the pandemic hit and have not been back to work.