SEPTA begins phasing out paper TrailPasses

Mike DeNardo
August 02, 2019 - 3:47 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Over the next few months, SEPTA will start to phase out paper TrailPasses on its Regional Rails lines.

SEPTA is continuing its effort to move its fare collection onto the plastic SEPTA Key cards.

The first paper products to go: weekly passes for Zones 3 and 4.

"This week coming up, Aug. 5 to 11, is the last week for which customers can purchase a legacy weekly TrailPass for Zones 3 and 4," explained SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch.

On Sept. 9, paper weekly passes for Zones 1 and 2 will become extinct. Next, paper monthly passes. Zones 3 and 4 will disappear in October, then Zones 1 and 2 in November.  

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The change allows frequent Regional Rail riders to load their weekly or monthly passes online or over the phone without having to get a paper pass in person. Rail riders may have already adjusted to using the SEPTA Key turnstiles in Center City stations.

For occasional riders, Busch said SEPTA is still working on getting the stored-value Travel Wallet function for the Regional Rail.

"We're looking to get that in place before the end of the calendar year," he added. "We don't have an exact rollout date for that."

Busch noted the paper one-day Independence Passes will remain available at least through Labor Day weekend.