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SEPTA announces plans to boost bus, rail fares

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 14 2013 01:47:11 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 14 2013 01:52:19 PM CDT
PHILADELPHIA -

The transit agency for Philadelphia and its suburbs is raising fares.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is announcing a series of fare hikes that will take effect July 1 if approved by SEPTA's board.

The base cash fare will rise 25 cents to $2.25. Prices are also going up for tokens, bus and subway passes, transfers and monthly suburban rail passes.

SEPTA also is releasing details on how it plans to roll out a new "smart card" fare system that will replace tokens, passes, and transfers on subways, buses and trolleys.

The system is slated to be fully installed on bus, subway, and trolley lines in 2014. It will allow riders to pay through their smartphone or debit card.

Suburban rail will also update to electronic card readers.