Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority officials announced plans to award a $100 million contract for a new fare payment system within the next two months. The new system will allow customers to pay fares with credit cards, debit cards, cellphones, or electronic SEPTA cards. “We will replace the turnstiles. We’ll put readers near fare boxes, but not a lot will change,” said John McGee, Jr., chief officer for new payment technologies. “SEPTA will be the first agency to introduce modern fare-payment systems to regional rails in the United States,” he added in reference to SEPTA’s commuter rail system, for which the agency is still reviewing options for fare collection. SEPTA is inviting people to take an online survey on the new fare system on its website. Link to The Inquirer.