Finally, SEPTA is bringing Philly into the 90s. While cities like D.C. and Chicago currently enjoy fast and easy-to-pay-for public transportation, Philadelphians are still stuck using the same technology as Chuck E. Cheese. Recently, SEPTA announced their plan for New Payment Technology (NPT), which will purportedly make Philly’s notoriously difficult public transportation system a little less unbearable.
The modernized system will be more similar to EZ-Pass than an 80s arcade; riders will be able to use “bank-issued contactless credit or debit cards, cell phones, or other contactless devices to pay a fare.”
SEPTA’s NPT is touting “seamless travel across all SEPTA services,” including regional rails, which will actually be the first of it’s kind in the industry. As it is now, riders have to pay SEPTA workers at station booths or use cash for token dispensers.
Officials claim that system will be phased in slowly over the nex three years. Visit SEPTA NPT for more information.