Petition: Tell SEPTA to End the $1 Transfer Penalty

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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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  • Claudia Archer
    signed 2017-03-20 12:32:31 -0400
  • Raymond Ricketts
    signed 2017-03-20 12:31:26 -0400
  • Linda Witt
    signed 2017-03-20 12:30:33 -0400
    The transfer charge really hit hard the poor and disadvantaged. Older people — who ride free — and those who live in Center City don’t need transfers.
  • Steven Humphrey
    signed 2017-03-20 12:29:02 -0400
  • John Solether
    signed 2017-03-20 12:28:22 -0400
  • Christopher Yasiejko
    signed 2017-03-20 12:20:22 -0400
  • Ian Hegarty
    signed 2017-03-20 12:12:48 -0400
  • Kristin Peresta
    signed 2017-03-20 12:10:52 -0400
  • Michel Saewert
    signed 2017-03-20 12:09:16 -0400
    Eliminating the transfer fee will increase ridership by easing access to the existing system and eliminate the confusion baked into the existing fare structure. In the future it will allow SEPTA to redesign its network with transfers in mind, which will improve the efficiency of the network and will allow straighter bus routes in particular and higher frequency service, all of which will attract more ridership. The elimination of the transfer fee is the first step towards a better transit system, working with what we have now instead of hoping for something better down the road.
  • Meg Retz
    signed 2017-03-20 12:09:13 -0400
  • Joshua Murbarger
    signed 2017-03-20 12:08:36 -0400
  • Bernadette Elser
    signed 2017-03-20 12:05:59 -0400
  • Justin Thomas
    signed 2017-03-20 12:02:05 -0400
  • Ethan Solomon
    signed 2017-03-20 12:01:17 -0400
  • Drew Kaiser
    signed 2017-03-20 11:59:44 -0400
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  • Nina Coffin
    signed 2017-03-20 11:51:14 -0400
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    signed 2017-03-20 11:50:00 -0400
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  • Janet Kalter
    signed 2017-03-20 11:48:09 -0400
  • Jonathan Shearburn
    signed 2017-03-20 11:45:55 -0400
  • Will Herzog
    signed 2017-03-20 11:41:05 -0400
  • Caleb Benjamin
    signed 2017-03-20 11:36:37 -0400
  • Jake Thompson
    signed 2017-03-20 11:36:34 -0400
  • Lily Ho
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  • Dane Christopher
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-20 11:33:00 -0400
    Petition: Tell @SEPTA_SOCIAL to end the $1 transfer penalty this year #freetransfers
  • Dane Pangonis
    signed 2017-03-20 11:32:44 -0400
    Transfer fees are not helpful when we should be encouraging people to use public transit to lower carbon emissions. Also, those who really suffer are the ones who cannot afford a vehicle and rely on SEPTA to get around the city.
  • Andrew Fuller
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-03-20 11:31:45 -0400
    Want to get transit policy nerdy with me? Here is a petition to end the $1 transfer fee.
  • Andrew Fuller
    signed 2017-03-20 11:29:31 -0400
  • Andrew Pry Ortega
    @Andypry tweeted link to this page. 2017-03-20 11:20:38 -0400
    Petition: Tell @SEPTA_SOCIAL to end the $1 transfer penalty this year #freetransfers http://www.5thsq.org/freetransfers?recruiter_id=1976