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SEPTA Key to Launch on Regional Rail

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SEPTA will welcome its first Regional Rail customers to the future of fare payment with the launch of the SEPTA Key Regional Rail “Early Adopters” Program in August.

This phase allows SEPTA to begin sharing the benefits of the Key with Regional Rail riders while work continues on system-wide implementation.

The Early Adopters Program will begin with Monthly TrailPass customers who travel to-and-from one of 19 selected Zone 4 stations. The August Monthly TrailPasses go on sale starting July 20, and the new Key Cards will be good for travel beginning August 1.

Customers who use the stations listed below on the Lansdale/Doylestown, Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton and West Trenton Lines are eligible to participate in the Early Adopters program:

► Lansdale/Doylestown: Doylestown, New Britain, Chalfont, Colmar, Fortuna, 9th Street, Lansdale, Pennbrook, North Wales, Delaware Valley University and Link Belt

► Paoli/Thorndale: Thorndale, Downingtown, Whitford and Malvern

► Trenton Line: Bristol

► West Trenton: Yardley, Woodbourne and Langhorne.

If you don't already have a SEPTA Key Card, cards will be available for purchase (SEPTA Key Cards cost $4.95) at SEPTA Regional Rail Sales Offices at Center City Stations. We will bring the Mobile Fare Kiosk truck out to the Early Adopter Stations for events where you will be able to purchase a Key Card, buy a Zone 4 TrailPass, and register your new card to protect it in the event of loss or theft. Plus - if you register the card, we will put the $4.95 fee back on your card in the Travel Wallet. Regional Rail TrailPass transactions will not be available at Fare Kiosks during the initial rollout.

You can reload Monthly TrailPasses online at www.septakey.org or by calling the SEPTA Key Customer Service Center at (855) 567-3782.

When the Key Card program for Regional Rail expands, you will be able to purchase Weekly TrailPasses, add funds to the Travel Wallet, and TrailPass purchases will be expanded to Zone 1, 2, and 3 riders. Until then all existing fare instruments, including magnetic stripe passes and paper tickets, will remain available for purchase until further notice.

As part of the preparations for the Early Adopters launch the new Key turnstiles and ADA gates are being activated at all Center City Rail stations. The turnstiles at Jefferson Station are currently in operation and will be followed by University City on July 2, Temple University on July 9, Suburban on July 16, and 30th Street by the end of July. The turnstiles will accommodate tap-and-go travel with the SEPTA Key Card, and customers with legacy TrailPasses can swipe through the turnstiles. Customer attendants will also collect paper tickets at the gates Monday-Friday, 6a-8p. Conductors will use handheld devices to validate Monthly TrailPasses loaded on SEPTA Key Cards.

If you opt to get a SEPTA Key Card, beginning August 1, you will tap your SEPTA Key at the platform validator at your home station. Once you arrive at a Center City station, you will tap at the turnstile to exit. For the return trip, you will tap to go through the turnstile and tap again at your home station platform validator, after exiting the train, to close out the trip. Just think - Tap. Ride. Tap.

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