SEPTA board approves new fare plan that provides free rides for kids

Mike DeNardo
June 25, 2020 - 6:10 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  The SEPTA board has approved a plan that lets kids ride free and holds off on any fare increases until at least January. 

The new fare plan gives free rides to kids under 12, and offers one free transfer for SEPTA Key Travel Wallet users within a two-hour transfer window. 

The fare restructuring was modified after the coronavirus hit, with a 50 cent increase to the base fare for Travel Wallet riders delayed until at least January. 

The move was lauded at SEPTA's online board meeting by Benjamin She of the civic group 5th Square.

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"The elimination of the fares for children under 12, and expanding the free transfer to two hours are major advances that show SEPTA is listening,” She said. 

City Councilmember Helen Gym said having kids ride free on any SEPTA line will help to create lifelong riders.

"Making transit accessible and therefore habitual for youth encourages future investment. I can say that as a mom of a 20-year-old son who has yet to get his driver's license,” Gym said. 

The new fare plan takes effect next Wednesday.