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  1. Chris
    Chris at |

    As of April 17, you’ll also be able to use a credit card to buy a “quick trip” ticket at the fare kiosks they’ve set up at all the airport terminal stations. It’ll only be good one-way into Center City (still need to buy a ticket at a Center City ticket office for the return), but at least it’s a start. I’m embarrassed by my city every time I see some poor European tourist getting berated by a conductor for not having U.S. currency to buy a ticket after getting off their flight.

  2. AdamH
    AdamH at |

    Still most impressed by Chicago’s transit system that uses standard credit card RFID (ie Apple Pay compatible) ticketing. Don’t even have to stop at a machine to buy a pass if you just want a simple one-way fare.

    1. Phudnik
      Phudnik at |

      SEPTA is in the process of introducing a similar system (http://www.septa.org/key/) and phasing out tokens and transfers. It will take a while for that system to be rolled out for the railroads for a variety of reasons, but the Airport line would seem to be an obvious line to start.

  3. Brandon
    Brandon at |

    Seth, fun to see an article about SEPTA on Boardingarea; and your perspective is useful to me as someone that holds a monthly pass, and thus doesn’t think about the process of buying one-use rides. Putting aside our 2 “subway” lines, i’ve always thought the rest of the train lines run too infrequently to be useful (except to folks like me on a routine clock-in/clock-out work schedule). it’s shame too, because they connect Center City to a TON of different places (there’s 14 heavy rail lines in total). i’d really like to see SEPTA spend on hiring more conductors/engineers, which would enable them to run more frequent, shorter trains. but i suppose upgrading the fare system is a nice investment too.