Petition: Tell SEPTA to End the $1 Transfer Penalty


Sign the Petition to Support Free Transfers

SEPTA Key has made it much easier to pay for transit, but SEPTA has refused to eliminate one of the most inconvenient and counterproductive parts of their fare policy: the $1 transfer penalty.

Last year, 5th Square and Clean Air Council led a campaign pushing SEPTA to eliminate the transfer penalty when they voted on a new fare tariff, and now PlanPhilly reports that SEPTA management is considering doing just that in response to public demand and an internal push to improve bus service.

Sign our petition to tell SEPTA to give riders a break, and stop charging an extra $1 penalty to transfer between buses, subways, and trolleys.

When SEPTA charges an extra $1.00 for transfers, that's an unfair penalty for everyone whose home isn’t on the exact transit line as their job, family, school, grocery store, or place of worship. And it costs SEPTA more to run the system this way!

One SEPTA fare should cover your whole trip. With free transfers, every SEPTA rider would have the opportunity to access the whole city, on equal footing with every other rider. 

To learn more about why SEPTA should end the transfer penalty in their next fare vote, visit our Action page

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  • David Van Cott
    signed 2018-07-12 14:57:53 -0400
  • Sarah Burgess
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-28 22:02:14 -0400
    Petition: Tell @SEPTA_SOCIAL to end the $1 transfer penalty this year #freetransfers
  • Sarah Burgess
    signed 2018-06-28 22:01:33 -0400
  • Stacey Toseland
    signed 2018-06-27 21:43:55 -0400
  • Deborah Cate
    signed 2018-06-27 14:10:32 -0400
  • Daniel Scholnick
    signed 2018-06-27 13:55:48 -0400
    My commute (trolley-subway-bus) involves two transfers: one free, one not free. The distinction feels truly arbitrary. Both transfers are critical to allowing the “last mile” connection that makes it possible for me to use SEPTA instead of driving my car. The Key cards have been a game-changer for making the commute easy, efficient, and frankly, fun. Eliminating the transfer fee is the next step toward transit equity in Philadelphia.
  • Tom Nagawiecki
    signed 2018-06-27 13:14:17 -0400
  • Amy Kleger Koven
    signed 2018-06-27 12:24:21 -0400
    After living in NYC and coming back to Philly to settle down I was so confused why there is a $1 transfer fee. It’s inconvenient, more expensive and makes no sense for those of us who use the bus / subway frequently. It discourages people from using public transport.
  • Haimin Yie
    signed via 2018-06-27 12:15:40 -0400
  • John Ryan
    signed 2018-06-27 12:10:20 -0400
    I would begin using multiple buses if the transfer were free!
  • Jason Volpe
    signed 2018-06-27 12:08:11 -0400
  • Rosemary Savoia
    signed 2018-06-27 12:04:32 -0400
    Especially with the implementation of SEPTA Key, the ability to allow a card to work on a transfer without collecting far it now finally totally plausible. Please implement this!
  • Leonard Hu
    signed 2018-06-27 11:53:38 -0400
    Yes please I’m originally from NYC and metrocards all have 2 hour free transfer and it totally works. Septa doesn’t have that and it requires paying extra and it’s really confusing as well for tourists and new residents. I’m sure the money they get from transfer fees will be made up by more ridership or else eventually they’ll be taken over from other more convenient ride-sharing services for the majority of rides and be stuck with only low income riders. NYC tons of people from all demographics rides the subways/buses and it works. Philly it’s more a hassle than anything(especially transferring), would rather walk half the time as it’s cheaper.
  • Tanya Seaman
    signed 2018-06-27 11:49:31 -0400
  • Caitlin ONeill
    signed 2018-06-27 11:19:18 -0400
  • Meghan Higgins
    signed 2018-06-27 11:17:24 -0400
  • James Flesher
    signed 2018-06-27 11:15:44 -0400
  • Susan Shulman
    signed 2018-06-27 11:02:21 -0400
  • Marcus Ferreira
    signed 2018-06-27 11:01:49 -0400
    Marcus P. Ferreira
  • Scott Gross
    signed 2018-06-21 17:36:13 -0400
    Please stop penalizing riders for definciancies in YOUR network. It’s time to take a bold step into the 1990s and encourage transfers!
  • Michael Samuelson
    signed 2018-05-30 16:22:00 -0400
  • Meenal Raval
    signed 2018-05-12 19:01:55 -0400
  • Nancy Weinberg
    signed 2018-05-10 04:42:45 -0400
  • Edyta Zielinska
    signed 2018-05-09 11:21:32 -0400
    Edyta Zielinska
  • Helene Amster
    signed 2018-05-09 11:17:49 -0400
  • Kari Collins
    signed 2018-05-09 10:49:13 -0400
    Transfer costs very often make the difference between taking a Lyft/Uber and taking SEPTA for me. At $2, SEPTA is cheaper than any other game in town. But if my destination isn’t on a single transit route, the combination of time lost and extra money to transfer makes those $5+ Lyft/Uber fares look a lot more competitive. End cash transfers and you’ll get a lot more ridership from me!
  • Stephanie Michel
    signed 2018-05-09 10:42:27 -0400
  • wendy s
    signed via 2018-05-09 10:42:03 -0400
  • Roya Sabri
    signed 2018-05-09 10:21:15 -0400
  • Keith Britton
    signed 2018-05-09 09:29:54 -0400