PATCO riders can use their fare cards on SEPTA, but there's a catch

Officals say 800 PATCO riders buy SEPTA transfers each day.  

Mike DeNardo
May 28, 2018 - 10:09 pm

Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newradio) -- PATCO commuters this summer should be able to tap their Freedom fare cards to ride SEPTA -- but at a new price.

Right now if they're hopping off the speedline and onto city transit, PATCO riders can buy round-trip paper SEPTA transfers for $3.50.

SEPTA is doing away with paper transfers August 1, and PATCO GM John Rink says if all goes according to plans, PATCO riders will be able to transfer by tapping their Freedom Cards at SEPTA turnstiles.  

But the catch?  

A roundtrip transfer will cost $4, instead of $3.50.

"Originally there was a discount provided by SEPTA and us to ride the system," Rink said. "And once their system is up and running, that discount will disappear."

Officals say 800 PATCO riders buy SEPTA transfers each day.  

Rink says next month PATCO will be seeking 50 regular riders to participate in a pilot, to test their Freedom Cards on SEPTA.