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Fares increase for Philly-area SEPTA riders

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 01 2013 06:33:21 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2013 01:35:28 PM CDT
PHILADELPHIA -

It now costs more to ride the transit system serving Philadelphia and its suburbs.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's fare increase went into effect Monday for riders on its trains, subways, buses and trolleys.

The cost of a token went from $1.55 to $1.80 and cash fares on transit lines went from $2 to $2.25.

Riders on regional rail lines saw a variety of increases, ranging from 25 cents to $2.

A "smart-card" electronic fare collection system is set to start in the fall.

SEPTA announced the increases in March and said it's the first hike in three years.

The increases are expected to bring in $25 million in additional revenue for the cash-strapped agency.