Rider advocates want more from SEPTA as fare proposals get hearing

Mike DeNardo
May 27, 2020 - 4:00 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) SEPTA is finding out what riders think about its plan to restructure fares as the transit agency Wednesday holds a second day of online public hearings. 

Most public testimony supported SEPTA's plan to give one free transfer to SEPTA Key Card Travel Wallet users, and to delay a 50-cent hike in the Key Card base fare until January 2021. 

The plan would also cut childrens' fares from $2.50 to $1. 

But transit advocates pressed for more. 

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Alison Macrina of the grassroots Philly Transit Riders Union appealed to SEPTA to make essential workers and poor Philadelphians most affected by the pandemic a priority.

"Free transfers and reduced child fares are a very good start and will help many people. But base fare increases and full cash fares will needlessly target those vulnerable riders,” Macrina said. 

SEPTA is working to balance its budget amid a nose-dive in ridership because of COVID-19. 

The fare restructuring plan is being presented to the SEPTA board for a vote next month.