Independence pass on AM peak trains...

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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by Limited-Clear » Fri Jun 06, 2014 5:48 pm

Confused here thought I was going to read about an independence pass, opened the link and it's nothing to do with Ind passes and morning peak trains
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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by kiha40 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:15 pm

Incidentally, this week I heard a passenger ask a station attendant what the definition of "peak" is, I assume this was in the context of the Independence Pass. After a few seconds of "umm..." I went out to wait for the train :-)

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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by Silverliner II » Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:59 am

kiha40 wrote:Incidentally, this week I heard a passenger ask a station attendant what the definition of "peak" is, I assume this was in the context of the Independence Pass. After a few seconds of "umm..." I went out to wait for the train :-)
Pretty much because "peak" no longer exists on SEPTA trains. There are the regular fares, and then the "evening/weekend" fares (which apply from 7pm to the end of service on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays).
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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by Clearfield » Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:11 pm

Silverliner II wrote:Pretty much because "peak" no longer exists on SEPTA trains. There are the regular fares, and then the "evening/weekend" fares (which apply from 7pm to the end of service on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays).
There is a 'pseudo peak' when it comes to Independence Passes. They aren't usable until 9:30am unless you're going to the airport from CC.
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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by diburning » Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:15 am

Sorry to bring up an old thread, but this site seems to encourage this instead of starting a new one.

I haven't been on SEPTA since 2010. I'm visiting Philly in October, and will be getting on at the Airport. If I buy an independence pass online now, will it still be valid in October if unused? I vaguely remember the pass being a large card with all of the months and days, and the conductor punches the month and day upon first use. I also vaguely remember that I can't buy one at the Airport unless I pay for one on board, and then exchange it at a ticket office for an actual pass. Is any of this still the case?

Also, on the SEPTA website, it says:

Not valid on Regional Rail trains arriving Center City Philadelphia weekdays before 9:30 a.m. However, the Independence Pass is valid at any time on Airport Line Regional Rail trains.

Does this mean that if I board at the Airport before 9:30AM I can still use an Independence Pass to get into Center City? Or is the exception for the pass for one direction (towards the airport) only?

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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by mcgrath618 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:34 am

diburning wrote:Sorry to bring up an old thread, but this site seems to encourage this instead of starting a new one.

I haven't been on SEPTA since 2010. I'm visiting Philly in October, and will be getting on at the Airport. If I buy an independence pass online now, will it still be valid in October if unused? I vaguely remember the pass being a large card with all of the months and days, and the conductor punches the month and day upon first use. I also vaguely remember that I can't buy one at the Airport unless I pay for one on board, and then exchange it at a ticket office for an actual pass. Is any of this still the case?

Also, on the SEPTA website, it says:

Not valid on Regional Rail trains arriving Center City Philadelphia weekdays before 9:30 a.m. However, the Independence Pass is valid at any time on Airport Line Regional Rail trains.

Does this mean that if I board at the Airport before 9:30AM I can still use an Independence Pass to get into Center City? Or is the exception for the pass for one direction (towards the airport) only?
You can indeed buy a pass and keep it on you, unused, until you use it (as long as it doesn't expire. I think it does after 180 days but I may be mistaken).
You also can indeed use it on an Airport line train at any time of day in any direction.

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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by MACTRAXX » Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:31 am

DIB: Independence Passes are valid for a period of two to three years depending on the years
that are on the lower left corner on the front of the pass. Example: I have one unused I Pass
that I purchased back in June 2017 that has the years 2017-2018 noted meaning that it will
be valid until the end of 2018.

It is a good idea to purchase an I Pass before your trip to save yourself the hassle of having to
go to one of the Center City ticket offices and exchange a cash fare receipt for the actual I Pass.

The only two restrictions are using an I Pass weekdays on Regional Rail in which they are not valid
until after 9:30 AM going through Center City as mentioned with the exception of the Airport Line
where they are valid at all times. There is no AM Peak restriction to use an I Pass on any other
transit vehicle. The other one is that they are not valid to Zone NJ: Trenton and West Trenton.
A surcharge of $5 extra each trip will apply for any RRD travel to either of these two stations.
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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by Hal » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:50 pm

The conductors on the inbound Lansdale/Doylestown line usually have a stack of Independance Passes on them.
After they're used up they switch to the cash fare receipt.

I think the individual train tickets are good for 180 days or so.

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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by diburning » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:45 am

I don't see the 9:30AM language on the SEPTA website anymore. Are the Independence Passes now accepted at all times now?

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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by CNJGeep » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:40 am

diburning wrote:I don't see the 9:30AM language on the SEPTA website anymore. Are the Independence Passes now accepted at all times now?
Yes.
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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by MACTRAXX » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:49 am

CNJ: When was the restriction of Independence Pass use on AM Peak trains ended?
This is the first time I knew about this - I noticed that the SEPTA website mentions that IPasses are valid at all times on Regional Rail.
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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by CNJGeep » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:10 am

Maybe February 1?? Maybe a bit before or after that, but after the year flipped
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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by zebrasepta » Wed May 15, 2019 8:34 pm

Yeah, the Independence pass does work for trains going to center city before 9:30 AM but they haven't updated back part of the passes to reflect that and it still has the old information on the back.

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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by MichaelBug » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:48 pm

I was able to use an Independence Pass during the AM peak hour on Train 6593 (departed North Wales at 7:07a) on Tuesday (6/4/19) with no problem.

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Re: Independence pass on AM peak trains...

Post by rcthompson04 » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:21 am

MichaelBug wrote:I was able to use an Independence Pass during the AM peak hour on Train 6593 (departed North Wales at 7:07a) on Tuesday (6/4/19) with no problem.
I used them about 10 times in May on my SEPTAKey for Zone 4 and back without an issue. I had the auto reload function set up so it loaded every day after one expired. I had no issues.

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