With smart cards, SEPTA poised to take the lead over other transit systems

Philadelphia will soon make a big leap, said Matthew Mitchell, president of the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers.  “What’s happening with the SEPTA plan is they’re going to completely skip the generation of cards that New York and Washington have been using,” he said.
Mitchell said SEPTA is going directly to the new open payments model “where, besides having the option of using a system-branded ‘smart card,’ a SEPTA card, you’ll eventually be able to use any regular credit or debit card that has a chip encoded in it.”