SEPTA to Launch Key Card Pilot Program

The Philadelphia-based Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority will launch a pilot program starting May 1 that will issue key cards to employees of program participant organizations.

The cards will be issued by SEPTA to organizations which in turn will distribute them to their employees.

In a news release, SEPTA said it will begin the program as a six-month pilot with Drexel University, Penn Medicine, and Wawa stores in the city of Philadelphia.

The SEPTA key cards are good for regional rail trains as well as the Market-Frankford Line, Broad Street Line, Norristown High Speed Line, and city and suburban buses and trolleys. The cards will be automatically reloaded each month for the six-month period.

SEPTA said it partnered with 5th Square and Transit Forward Philadelphia to secure a grant that paid for the research and design of the key card program.

The transit agency said it will propose a tariff change to make the program permanent and to allow for a wider Phase 2 expansion.

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