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SEPTA takes another step toward new fare system

Last week the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority took a major step on its path to a new electronic fare system. A board committee approved a $9 million contract with LTK Engineering Services to manage installation of the system; the full board is expected to vote on Thursday. The $100 million project will allow passengers to pay with credit cards, debit cards, cell phones, or electronic SEPTA cards. Still unresolved is the question of fare collection on Regional Rail, which accounts for 13% of SEPTA’s riders and 25% of its revenue. SEPTA is considering installing turnstiles at downtown commuter rail stations and charging outbound fares only, but a passenger advocacy group has questioned the plan. Link to full story in The Inquirer.

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