SEPTA moves forward with Key rollout on regional rail

The tap-to-exit feature expands to Jefferson Station and will soon move to other Center City stations.


The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) announced Key is coming to regional rail along with a change at Jefferson Station beginning Jan. 13.

Starting Jan. 13, on weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., customers with Key Cards and senior citizen passes will tap to exit at designated turnstiles in Jefferson Station. Approximately half of the turnstiles at Jefferson Station will be included in this program, and there will be new signage directing customers to the tap-to-exit turnstiles.

There will be no change for customers who use other fare products. Customers with magnetic stripe passes can swipe to exit at any turnstile. Those with paper tickets and cash receipt can continue to use turnstiles that are not designated for tap to exit.

Following the rollout at Jefferson Station, SEPTA plans to implement tap to exit at the other four Center City Regional Rail stations. This will help customers prepare for the full implementation of SEPTA Key on Regional Rail, including the introduction of Travel Wallet this spring.

When the Key is fully implemented on Regional Rail, tapping in and out will be required at the gated Center City stations. It will also be important for customers to tap in and out at their home stations to open and close their trips. This ensures they are paying the correct fare, consistent with the TrailPass they have purchased, and eventually, for single-ride fares paid for with their Travel Wallet.

SEPTA has been handing out flyers to customers, and Key Ambassadors will continue to assist customers during this transition

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