One free transfer! Move more people onto the subways. They move more people at higher speed and don't clog street traffic. I would even encourage Septa to alter the bus routes to reduce bus congestion on CC streets.
bikentransit wrote:When NPT is done, how will riders from the Amtrak Keystone trains coming from Lancaster transfer to SEPTA trains to Suburban Station?I know that questions were raised about the NPT readers accepting drivers licenses from other states for validating age for senior citizens. I assumed this would be no problem as every states ID has a barcode that uses universal data. I verified by scanned 22 different state drivers licenses using my phone with a free app and every one displayed the name of the person and age - so my assumption is now based on "if" SEPTA's system being able to read barcodes. If they do, I would hope that SEPTA's system could also be set up to recognize and read Amtrak's barcode. Considering that this is SEPTA and this may not be possible, I would then assume that Amtrak passengers who want to travel to the SS would have to go old school and stop by the SEPTA ticket window to get credit. Obviously this would only work when the ticket office is open.
When the new cards will be widely available is not clear, Williams said.
sammy2009 wrote:I didn't get a super good look at it, but it's on the inbound side and looks like a metrocard machine.
The new gate at 40th St on the MFL ?
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The way that hundreds of thousands of SEPTA customers pay for their ride is about to change.
The transit agency unveiled its "SEPTA Key" program, which will eventually replace tokens, cash and passes.
It will be used system-wide.
With older systems the money information is on the mag stripe. Just like cash: if you lose it, it's gone.
With SEPTA Key, the money information stays in a computer.
But, there have been some glitches.
"Some equipment has had trouble passing the reliability tests, I think they have a fix that now," said SEPTA GM Jeff Knuepel.
The hope is to move from the testing phase to customer use starting late this year or early next year.
It will be a slow rollout, says the man overseeing SEPTA Key.
"We're going to start out small scale and build over time to reduce the risk for the customers so they don't get disappointed," said Kevin O'Brien of SEPTA.
This is a program years in the making at a cost of $134 million.