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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  • Mandy Smith
    signed 2020-01-28 12:24:40 -0500
    Better late than never.
  • Jo Ann Fishburn
    signed 2020-01-28 12:18:19 -0500
  • Chris Nevin
    signed 2020-01-28 12:17:35 -0500
  • Caitlin O'Neill
    signed 2020-01-28 12:16:54 -0500
  • Dan Scholnick
    signed 2020-01-28 12:11:55 -0500
    It takes me a trolley, a subway, and a bus to get to work. Elimination of the Transfer Penalty is a long-held idea whose time has come.
  • Kelsey DeCerchio
    signed 2020-01-28 11:54:43 -0500
  • Eriks Dunens
    signed 2020-01-28 11:54:31 -0500
  • Anya Saretzky
    signed 2020-01-28 11:50:55 -0500
    It shouldn’t be more expensive for me to get to work than anyone else just because I need to take two buses. Thank you for eliminating the penalty!
  • Dorothy Mejia-Smith
    signed 2020-01-28 11:50:52 -0500
  • Kevin Vernia
    signed 2020-01-28 11:45:19 -0500
  • Everett Wilde
    signed 2020-01-28 11:42:34 -0500
    We already often choose to drive our 5 member family places because of SEPTA’s fare costing $25 for us to go and return anywhere. We don’t even consider it if a transfer is involved.
  • Kaitlin Cino
    signed 2020-01-28 11:41:46 -0500
  • Ben Willis
    signed 2020-01-28 11:31:44 -0500
  • Erica Zurer
    signed 2020-01-28 11:28:11 -0500
  • Elliot Stoner
    signed 2020-01-28 11:19:51 -0500
  • Eliana Zimet
    signed 2020-01-28 11:19:14 -0500
  • Emory Krall
    signed 2020-01-28 11:10:18 -0500
  • Kevin Collison
    signed 2020-01-28 11:08:34 -0500
    The $1 transfer fee discourages me from choosing SEPTA. If it were waived, I would take SEPTA more often, and I firmly believe you would see revenue increase.
  • Miguel Rivera
    signed 2020-01-28 11:03:37 -0500
  • Megan Boyle
    signed 2020-01-28 11:01:23 -0500
  • 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.
  • 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 https://www.5thsq.org/freetransfers?recruiter_id=741771
  • 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