SEPTA’s increased fare changes will go into effect on July 1, with single subway rides increasing by .50 cents, from $2.25 to $2.50.
The fare hikes, which are being described as modest, were announced in late May after SEPTA held 10 public hearings throughout the Philly region. The revenue raised from the price increases will go toward SEPTA's operating budget.
At a board meeting on May 25, SEPTA approved increased fares across all modes of transportation. Here’s how each payment method will change come July 1:
- Cash Fare/Quick Trip: Increase from $2.25 to $2.50
- Discounted single ride with SEPTA Key Travel Wallet/Token: From $1.80 to $2
- Disabled Fare: From $1 to $1.25
- Paratransit/Shared Ride: $4 to $4.25
- Weekly TransPass: From $24 to $25.50 (up to 56 trips for one customer)
- Monthly TransPass: From $91 to $96 (up to 240 trips for one customer)
- Weekly TrailPasses: Currently $27.25-$53, depending on zone; Increase to $28.25-$55.75 (up to 56 trips for one customer)
- Monthly TrailPasses: Currently $101-$191, depending on zone; Increase to $105-$204 (up to 240 trips for one customer)
- Convenience Pass: From $8 to $9
- Independence Pass: Individual - $12 to $13; Family - $29 to $30
- Ten Trip Discounted Fares for Regional Rail: Currently $38-80 depending on zone; Increase to $40-$82.50. (Please note: Ten-Trip Tickets will be replaced upon implementation of the SEPTA Key)
- Parking: Regional Rail surface lot daily parking fee will increase from $1 to $1.25 with implementation of the SEPTA Key. Surface lot monthly permits will increase from $20 to $25.
Another hot topic that came up during these public hearings was the $1 transfer fee that’s currently required for buses, subways, and trolleys. An online petition started circulating when the proposed fare hikes were announced, arguing that the transfer fee is “an unfair penalty for everyone whose home isn’t on the exact transit line as their job, family, school, grocery store, or place of worship.”
The board said that they will conduct at study on this transfer fee “as it collects relevant ridership data with the expansion of the SEPTA Key fare modernization project.”