SEPTA’s new electronic payment system will be a big change for rail commuters

SEPTA expects to award a contract this month for its long-delayed “smart card” fare system, which will allow bus, subway, trolley, and train passengers to pay for their trips by tapping any “contactless” bank card on an electronic reader. Riders can use credit or debit cards they already own or get smart cards from SEPTA. The system is also being designed to eventually accept payment from smartphones.