SEPTA’s token system to end in 2024

SEPTA announced today that effective January 1, 2024, the transit provider will no longer accept tokens onboard vehicles or as a form of payment in fare kiosks.

Between now and the end of the year, riders can still use tokens in fareboxes on buses, trolleys and in fare kiosks to receive a Quick Trip or to purchase and load a SEPTA Key card.

According to NBC10, SEPTA stopped sales of tokens five years ago and has been using a token system for rides since at least the 1880s.

From their announcement:

Customers must use any remaining tokens before they expire at the end of the year. Tokens are valued at $2 each and are not redeemable for cash.

SEPTA encourages customers to add the value of their tokens to a SEPTA Key card at a fare kiosk. Tokens can be used to load a pass to a Key card, or to add funds to the Travel Wallet feature.

Travel Wallet can be used to pay for trips on all modes, including buses, trolleys, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line, the Norristown High Speed Line, and Regional Rail. Customers who use Travel Wallet on SEPTA Key are also eligible for two free transfers.

SEPTA Key cards cost $4.95 and can be purchased at SEPTA Sales Offices and participating retailers. Registering a Key card protects the fares in the event it is ever lost or stolen. Customers who register their Key card within 30 days are refunded the $4.95 purchase price in the Travel Wallet.

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