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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  • Kimberly Hahn
    signed 2020-01-28 10:59:29 -0500
  • Ben Nieto
    signed 2020-01-28 10:56:51 -0500
  • Scott Winkleman
    signed 2020-01-28 10:55:30 -0500
  • Adam Stamm
    signed 2020-01-28 10:55:02 -0500
    SEPTA has a huge opportunity to support those in the city who rely on public transportation and are living in areas further away because the rent is cheaper. Look no further than the MTA in NYC; close to 8 million people ride the subway everyday, regardless of distance, for the same fair. A person traveling 4 stops pays the same price as a person traveling 20 stops. I recognize that SEPTA must generate revenue to operate, but it doesn’t need to be profitable. It’s a service for the public, and the public that lives further away needs more assistance than the public that isn’t transferring from a train to a bus.
  • Emily Kennedy
    signed 2020-01-28 10:51:53 -0500
  • Margaret Turcich
    signed 2020-01-28 10:50:06 -0500
  • michael
    @mfpuddles tweeted link to this page. 2020-01-28 10:48:20 -0500
    Petition: Tell @SEPTA_SOCIAL to end the $1 transfer penalty this year #freetransfers
  • Michael Hulburt
    signed 2020-01-28 10:48:01 -0500
  • Susan Shulman
    signed 2020-01-28 10:47:33 -0500
  • John Carideo
    signed 2020-01-28 10:45:27 -0500
  • Nathaniel Echeverria
    signed 2020-01-28 10:43:57 -0500
  • Paul Riermaier
    signed 2020-01-28 10:43:48 -0500
  • Rich Garella
    signed 2020-01-28 10:42:56 -0500
  • Greg Pastore
    signed 2020-01-28 10:42:31 -0500
  • andrea gonzalez
    signed 2020-01-28 10:15:49 -0500
  • Vaughn Parker
    signed 2020-01-28 03:36:58 -0500
  • Claire Adler
    signed 2020-01-27 21:19:10 -0500
  • Michael McGettigan
    signed 2020-01-27 21:04:55 -0500
  • Robert Baron
    signed 2020-01-27 20:52:47 -0500
  • Moira Bohannon
    signed 2020-01-27 19:55:15 -0500
  • Kelli McIntyre
    signed 2020-01-27 19:46:36 -0500
  • scott Gallagher
    signed 2020-01-22 21:53:29 -0500
  • Alicia Santiago
    signed 2020-01-15 09:31:43 -0500
  • Rory Sweeney
    @RdSweeney tweeted link to this page. 2019-11-05 08:43:13 -0500
    Petition: Tell @SEPTA_SOCIAL to end the $1 transfer penalty this year #freetransfers
  • Rory Sweeney
    signed 2019-11-05 08:43:01 -0500
    We should be incentivizing public transit, not penalizing it, for all sorts of reasons, including environmental, planning, health, effective government spending, social justice, freedom of travel and all around quality of life benefits.
  • Jason Pizzi
    signed 2019-11-05 07:36:33 -0500
  • Kris Gjika
    signed 2019-10-16 08:04:23 -0400
  • Jean Cherng
    signed 2019-10-05 08:35:08 -0400
    Make buses come more frequently. We have to pay more and wait forever for the bus. People would rather walk or take Uber than pay the transfer fee.
  • Denis Devine
    signed 2019-09-25 10:05:54 -0400
    The transfer fee keeps me from choosing SEPTA for most of my trips. It greatly reduces the usefulness of the transit system. We should be incentivizing people to take more transit, not punishing them when they do. Please eliminate the transfer penalty now!
  • Lori Chinitz
    signed 2019-08-10 08:59:48 -0400