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July 29, 2016

Some Regional Rail commuters must now pay before boarding

Fare collection change only for evening rush at Center City stations

More changes are coming for commuters who take SEPTA's Regional Rail.

Starting Monday, Aug. 1, travelers departing five Center City stations will have to buy their passes before boarding, meaning they won't be able to pay in cash on the train.

The new requirement, however, only applies during the evening rush hours of 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The tweak is for passengers getting on at the following stations: Temple University, Jefferson, Suburban, 30th Street and University City.

SEPTA said fare collection personnel will be positioned at each stairway of those stations when the change goes into effect.

The change comes after 120 trains in SEPTA's fleet were taken out of service due to the discovery of a structural defect, causing revisions to several Regional Rail schedules.

For more information on changes and adjustments Regional Rail commuters should be aware of, check out SEPTA's website here.