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SEPTA launches Travel Wallet, begins token phaseout

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RIP Tokens

Hold onto your last SEPTA token—starting today, it’s a relic of the past.

On Monday morning, SEPTA announced the launch of Travel Wallet, which allows SEPTA Key card users to reload their chip cards with bus, subway, and trolley rides, eliminating the need to pay with exact change or buy a token.

You might be thinking: Couldn’t you do that already with the SEPTA Key card?

Technically yes, but until today SEPTA Key card users could only pay for one-ride for $2.25 or a Transpass: A one-day convenience pass for $8, a weekly pass for $24, or a monthly pass for $91.

Now, riders can load up their “Travel Wallet” with as little as $10 or as much as $250, and each ride will only cost the discounted token rate of $1.80. It’s especially ideal for folks who only use the SEPTA a few days a week or a month.

Here’s a video tutorial of how Travel Wallet works:

There is a catch, however: You can only buy Travel Wallet at the 1234 Market Street sales office—at least during this first week. If you don’t have the SEPTA Keycard, you can buy that there, too.

SEPTA says you’ll be able to load up your Travel Wallet at various stations and kiosks and online “in later phases.”

Today also marks the start of the SeptaKey rollout for seniors ages 65 and older. Now, seniors will have access to a Senior SEPTA Key card that they can tap on the farebox instead of showing their photo ID to SEPTA cashiers or operators for free travel.

It’s currently being rolled out, so in the meantime, seniors who don’t have a SEPTA Key yet can still use their valid form of ID to ride SEPTA.