Paper ID cards will no longer be accepted on SEPTA for seniors

Seniors get free Regional Rail rides with new SEPTA Key

Kim Glovas
August 28, 2018 - 3:22 pm

Holli Stephens | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you are a senior who travels on the Regional Rail, you need to get a new SEPTA Key photo ID card by Saturday. 

The transit agency said paper senior citizen ID cards will no longer be accepted.

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said riders over the age of 65 will need the new SEPTA Key Senior Card, or a valid Pennsylvania driver's license or non-driver's license with a magnetic strips. Seniors can get the card at SEPTA headquarters, located at 1234 Market St.

"It's getting away from the old paper senior ID cards and transitioning them to a card that is compatible with the Key system," he said, "so they'll be able to tap and go at turnstiles, at bus and trolley fare boxes."

Seniors can get the cards immediately at SEPTA headquarters after a 20- to 30-minute wait, or they can fill out the application at their state senator, representative or city councilperson's office. The new card will then be mailed to them in two to four weeks. 

In addition, seniors will now ride for free on the Regional Rail. It used to cost $1 for a ride. 

Since the SEPTA Key Senior Card transition was announced two years ago, more than 157,000 seniors have received a card.