The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has announced plans to adopt a contactless fare payment system, according to Philly.com.
The upgrade will allow Philadelphia-area residents to use contactless debit and credit cards on subways, buses, trolleys and Regional Rail. SEPTA estimates the $175 million system will be in place in three years.
SEPTA, who has already begun upgrading fare boxes on buses, is reportedly looking at three prospective vendors for the project.
According to Philly.com, SEPTA’s mass-transit system sees more than 300 million trips taken annually and serves 70% of the office workers in Center City. Spokesman Richard Maloney says the upcoming transit project is “arguably the biggest in our generation.”
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