bikentransit wrote:So in other words, the project has problems that have not been resolved yet, so paper transfers, tokens and tickets will be with us for the foreseeable future.
BNT (and Everyone):
The entire NPT system is going to be a huge change for SEPTA riders and it will need to be phased in gradually
and I give SEPTA credit for admitting that they are behind schedule and that their prime goal is to get it right and
not experience the problems that Chicago had being a good example with their new Ventra payment system on
the CTA...Metra and PACE are going to be integrated into the Ventra system eventually...
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I feel if SEPTA goes and rushes the NPT system too quickly into service without the major "bugs" taken out they
will get a wrath and backlash loud and clear from angry commuters if there are significant problems with NPT...
With major events like the World Meeting of Families/Papal Visit week only slightly over six months away I think
that SEPTA will at least wait until October to announce any significant changes concerning NPT and I feel that
this is the right move - not subjecting the multitudes of visitors - let alone regular riders - to a new payment type
system that almost no one will be already familiar with...
There is still the issues on just how the Regional Rail system will get NPT phased in and I am not alone in my
thoughts of being against gating the Center City stations in favor of a Proof of Payment based system...
I think that sometime in 2016 is very optomistic and when the decisions on the RRD are made 2017 seems
somewhat more likely noting how huge this project is going to be for the RRD alone...
Most regular riders use the current Trail and Transpass types which are among the most flexible use passes
sold by any transit system - keeping the option of monthly and weekly passes is a good move under NPT but
any move to limit or "cap" their use - and how transfers between modes will be counted for rides - is going to
only cause problems depending of how these are eventually administered...
The current tickets (RRD), tokens and transfers have worked for generations well but unless the technology to
properly replace them works correctly this in itself - angering SEPTA's loyal cash payers is going to be a major
problem for SEPTA...
In closing lets all hope that SEPTA gets NPT right the first time - millions of SEPTA riders WILL be watching...
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS