Working group pans one-way SEPTA rail fares

A working group set up to review fare collection options for Philadelphia’s Regional Rail voted almost unanimously to support the current two-way fare system, according to PlanPhilly. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority convened the group, which comprises transit stakeholders, after rail advocates questioned a proposal for one-way fare collection on the commuter rail system. In a report scheduled for release on Wednesday, the group recommended installing turnstiles at five Center City stations in combination with validation machines at outlying stations. The stakeholders advised against adopting an honor system for fare collection, which they said could lead to revenue losses and require new statewide legislation to ensure equal penalties for fare evasion across jurisdictions. Link to full story in PlanPhilly.

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