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August 02, 2018

SEPTA is offering free regional rail rides to senior citizens with SEPTA Key

The new policy is scheduled to take effect Sept. 1

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Stock_Carroll - SEPTA Regional Rail Train Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

A SEPTA regional rail train between Philadelphia's 30th Street Station and Suburban Station.

The never-ending SEPTA Key rollout pushes on, this time with a bit of good news for the transportation service’s most tenured members: Starting Sept. 1, the $1 fee for Regional Rail rides for travel within Pennsylvania will be eliminated.

According to a release from SEPTA, the beginning of the new policy is set to coincide with phasing out paper PA Senior Citizen Transit ID cards. 

Starting Sept. 1, senior citizens will need a SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card (or valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID with a magnetic stripe on the back) to receive the free Transit and Regional Rail rides.

SEPTA says 149,000 Key Senior Photo ID cards have been issued since sign-ups began in late 2016.

Any senior who doesn’t already have a SEPTA Key Photo ID Card can get one – same-day – on weekdays at SEPTA headquarters (1234 Market St.) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Suburban Station’s Accessible Travel Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SEPTA also said it will fully provide refunds to senior citizens who have unused tickets after Sept. 1 if the original tickets are mailed to SEPTA Senior Ticket Refunds by the end of the year.


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