SEPTA to hike fares, use new technology

No matter the mode of public transit, SEPTA commuters will soon be paying more to reach their destinations, but they’ll be paying in a way SEPTA promises will be more convenient than the technologically outdated mode involving tokens, tickets and paper transfers.

“The ease of using smart-card technology … is going to have huge positive benefits for our customers,” Richard Burnfield, SEPTA chief financial officer, said at a news conference announcing the changes.Among those benefits: no more waiting in line to buy passes and tokens, and easier replacement of lost or stolen passes that are registered with SEPTA, he said