Tokens Take Quick Trip into Obscurity

SETPA this week added a fare option to its Key program that allows passengers to pay for a disposable, single-trip ticket with debit cards, credit cards and cash.

At $2.25, the “Quick Trip” costs more per ride than the token ($1.80), but rectifies the all too familiar problem of not having a token or exact cash when you just need to get from point A to B. (SEPTA cashier’s do not make change.) The token, a ubiquitous part of the Philadelphia public transportation system since 1965, will become obsolete upon full implementation of the Key program.

Quick Trips will be available at all kiosks on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street lines in mid-October. For now they can be purchased at Erie-Torresdale, Dilworth Park, 15th Street, 34th Street, 40th Street, Allegheny, Berks, Tioga, and 63rd Street on the El and at AT&T Station, Walnut-Locust, Cecil B. Moore, Spring Garden, Tasker-Morris, Ellsworth-Federal, Erie, Girard, and City Hall stations on the Broad Street line.

In late November, SEPTA will roll out a new “Travel Wallet” feature allowing riders fill to fill magnetic-stripped cards with more than one ride for $1.80 per ride.

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