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SEPTA Wants to Hike Travel Wallet Fare, But Make Transfers Free

SEPTA's Travel Wallet fare would increase to $2.50 but would offer one free transfer as part of fare restructuring plan

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SEPTA plans to increase its Travel Wallet fare to $2.50 (currently it's $2), while also proposing one free transfer to riders. 

The Philadelphia Business Journal first reported on SEPTA's new fare plan.

Riders previously had to pay $1 for all transfers. Under a fare restructuring proposal released Wednesday, riders would pay $2.50 for one ride and a transfer, rather than $3.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, along with many regional residents, have long lamented the cost of transfers, saying it is a barrier for people to use the transit system affordably.

“This change will allow riders to use the SEPTA system as a true network — encouraging those who currently stay on a bus longer to avoid paying a transfer fee to use connections that will speed-up their trips,” SEPTA said in a statement.

NBC10's partners at the Philadelphia Business Journal share takeaways on SEPTA's new transfer fare plan, which must still be approved by the transit agency's board.

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