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?