SEPTA's smart fare card is being released more widely this week.
The SEPTA Key card, designed to replace all SEPTA's fare mechanisms, including tokens, is now in the process of being rolled out at all subway stations and major bus loops. The gradual expansion is set to continue through early March.
This week's citywide release comes after an initial rollout last Thursday at the 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby. That station was chosen because it's a hub for 36,000 riders daily using the El, suburban trolleys, the high speed line, and numerous bus routes.
At 69th Street, riders who don't have cards can get one by paying for a monthly or weekly transpass, or with a minimum payment of $10, which will go toward rides. Kiosks will accept cash, cards, or tokens.
As the cards become available through kiosks at other stations, riders will have to initially pay for a monthly or weekly pass to get the card. Once purchased, though, the card offers flexibility. Users can maintain a "travel wallet" on it, allowing them to pay per ride, will be able to reload the card online or through a smart phone, and can register the card to protect its balance if it is lost.
Here's the schedule for when you can get the card at each station:
SEPTA Key has been used for five million trips since a pilot introduction began in June 2016. SEPTA intends to phase out other fare modes completely, including tokens, but the time line for that is dependent on how quickly the Key card is adopted, officials said.