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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  • Michele Koskinen
    signed 2019-07-11 14:47:14 -0400
    One fare for riders would be more convenient and also probably increase ridership. When we traveled in Europe they had a system where you had zones and that is what you paid. We also had 1 transfer free in some cities. The more riders the better. Low income people also are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting to work or school.
  • Kamali Brooks
    signed via 2019-07-11 14:36:22 -0400
  • Kate Farquhar
    signed 2019-07-11 14:27:02 -0400
    This is overdue!
  • Whitney Barnebey
    signed 2019-07-11 14:23:16 -0400
  • Don Sherman
    signed 2019-07-11 14:04:50 -0400
    Don Sherman
  • Carrie Love
    signed 2019-07-11 13:55:42 -0400
    Time to end it!
  • Jane Barry
    signed 2019-07-11 13:42:07 -0400
    Jane Barry
  • Margaret Turcich
    signed 2019-07-11 13:17:09 -0400
  • Joan Weston
    signed via 2019-07-11 12:49:16 -0400
  • Michael Buglak
    signed 2019-07-11 12:28:10 -0400
  • Caitlin Fenn
    signed via 2019-07-11 11:59:21 -0400
  • Kevin Reeves
    signed 2019-07-11 11:49:26 -0400
  • Anna Biegalski
    signed 2019-07-11 11:44:07 -0400
  • Katrina Culley
    signed via 2019-07-11 11:42:16 -0400
  • Nicole Zamorano
    signed 2019-07-07 03:05:48 -0400
  • Kevin Collison
    signed 2019-07-03 21:13:46 -0400
    Living in Chicago for 3 years, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when the CTA had free transfers—not to mention monthly passes that started any damn day you wanted. Has it ever occurred to SEPTA that you might actually encourage increased ridership by eliminating the burdens you place on your customers?
  • Daniel Cruz
    signed 2019-07-03 13:32:29 -0400
  • Peter Bartholomew
    signed 2019-07-03 12:46:14 -0400
  • Alex Schieferdecker
    signed 2019-07-03 12:21:56 -0400
    It’s 2019, how does SEPTA still have a transfer fee?
  • Charles Krueger
    signed 2019-07-03 12:12:40 -0400
  • Jesse Weiss
    signed 2019-07-03 11:17:10 -0400
  • ShelBOO 👻 Guercio
    signed 2019-07-03 11:10:31 -0400
  • Nick McAvoy
    signed 2019-07-03 09:02:29 -0400
  • Robert Baron
    signed 2019-07-03 08:59:38 -0400
  • Daniel Paschall
    signed 2019-07-03 08:46:04 -0400
  • Brett Mandel
    signed 2019-07-03 08:32:00 -0400
  • Robert Spatocco
    signed 2019-07-03 07:32:29 -0400
    I pay $2.50 to get to 69st terminal and then $2.50 from terminal to my home everyday. Why ?
  • Joanna Mieleszko
    signed 2019-06-06 22:11:58 -0400
    As an NYC-native who has been to Philly numerous times and is planning a move out there it’s outrageous that one should pay to transfer. While SEPTA refers to the fee as a discount (as opposed to paying full price for a transfer) it very much is a penalty, especially relative to some of the most developed, utilized, and treasured transit systems in the world. NYC has a litany of grievances with its very own MTA but free transfers keep the city alive and without it ridership would undoubtedly be adversely affected. Back to Philly, most SEPTA users require more than one line to get from A to B and the penalty discourages regular SEPTA usage, especially as cumulative fees can easily resemble the lower end of ride-share prices, which often can be more time-effective.
  • Nicole Perry
    signed 2019-05-05 10:41:42 -0400
  • Vote Joe Cox
    @PMAJoe4Council tweeted link to this page. 2019-05-03 00:37:26 -0400
    Petition: Tell @SEPTA_SOCIAL to end the $1 transfer penalty this year #freetransfers https://www.5thsq.org/freetransfers?recruiter_id=745499