SEPTA has launched a special section on its website with information about the fare changes. This includes a breakdown of all fares and related modifications that will go into effect July 1.
Through the implementation of NPT, customers can continue to pay for trips using current methods. When NPT is fully up-and-running, smart media devices will be used for transactions that now require customers to purchase fare instruments, such as tokens, magnetic-stripe passes and paper tickets.
Among the smart media payment options will be a SEPTA-branded card that will be available for purchase at all transit stations, center city regional rail hubs, SEPTA sales locations and hundreds of retail outlets throughout the region. In addition, customers will be able to use their own devices — such as compliant credit and debit cards that offer contactless payment, near field communication-enabled smartphones and smart-chip equipped identification cards, just to name a few — as part of the open fare system. Discounted fare rates will be available simply by registering these devices with SEPTA.
NPT will be implemented in several phases. The transition for customers will start next year, first on transit buses, subways and trolleys, followed by regional rail and CCT Paratransit. SEPTA will embark on a major public outreach campaign to educate customers about the new fare system prior to the launch.