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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  • Julie Rose
    signed 2018-08-01 21:11:16 -0400
  • DJ Robert Drake
    signed 2018-08-01 20:44:29 -0400
  • Claudia Crane
    signed 2018-08-01 20:39:06 -0400
    Ease of riding should be septa’s selling point, and paid transfers make that all the more difficult.
  • Liam Dougherty
    signed 2018-08-01 20:28:43 -0400
  • Marielle Lerner
    signed 2018-08-01 20:13:30 -0400
  • Norman and Sylvia Lieberman
    signed 2018-08-01 18:48:23 -0400
  • Christine Deutsch
    signed 2018-08-01 18:33:17 -0400
  • Rory Boyle
    signed 2018-08-01 18:12:11 -0400
    It’s about time! Don’t double penalize people who have harder commutes. It’s good for the city and will increase ridership. Let’s make philly better!
  • Evelyn Haas
    signed 2018-08-01 18:11:50 -0400
  • Wolf Williams
    signed 2018-08-01 17:44:42 -0400
  • Mekhi Brodie
    signed 2018-08-01 17:16:14 -0400
  • Jeff Karpinski
    signed 2018-08-01 16:50:14 -0400
    SEPTA’s transfer policies have been counterproductive for many years, and elimination of paper transfers only exacerbates that situation. Fares should be based on the service provided, not on the number of vehicles needed to complete a trip. This is particularly true in a network like SEPTA’s where the layout makes transfers almost unavoidable for many passengers. It’s absurd that a short trip needing two vehicles should cost more than a much longer trip on a single bus or subway line.


    In addition the transfer charge distorts riders’ behavior on buses that connect with subway lines; there’s already ample data showing that some passengers will stay on a slower bus rather than switching to the MFSE or BSS simply because transferring can add $10 or more to their weekly travel costs. If nothing else, SEPTA should at a minimum offer free transfers between those two rail lines and intersecting bus routes.


    Finally, eliminating transfer privileges for people who don’t have Key cards will have a seriously negative impact on discretionary riders, visitors, and low-income passengers. The first two groups will have only two alternatives if their trip involves a transfer – buy a Key card that they may be unlikely to use in the future, thus losing the $4.95 registration fee rebate, or paying a double fare. Low-income riders may have difficulty “fronting” the $9.95 initial cost of a Key but will be faced with the dilemma of trying to come up with that amount or in effect dribbling it out over time through double-fare payments.


    SEPTA is already losing riders to ride-share services; certainly the agency should be doing all it can to encourage discretionary users rather than raising their costs by as much as 67%.
  • Matt Forrest
    signed 2018-08-01 16:30:01 -0400
  • George Mostoller
    signed 2018-08-01 16:11:55 -0400
  • Emel Oner
    signed 2018-08-01 16:10:01 -0400
  • Meredith Reynolds
    signed 2018-08-01 15:55:57 -0400
  • Margaret Dunagin
    signed 2018-08-01 15:45:27 -0400
  • Jonathan King
    signed 2018-08-01 15:42:36 -0400
  • Gershon Cattan
    signed 2018-08-01 15:42:32 -0400
  • Will Fraser
    signed 2018-08-01 15:41:20 -0400
  • Todd Schwartz
    @ToddPSchwartz tweeted link to this page. 2018-08-01 15:35:42 -0400
    Petition: Tell @SEPTA_SOCIAL to end the $1 transfer penalty this year #freetransfers http://www.5thsq.org/freetransfers?recruiter_id=459477
  • Todd Schwartz
    signed 2018-08-01 15:35:06 -0400
  • Joe McDonald
    signed 2018-08-01 15:34:08 -0400
  • Matthew Zapson
    signed 2018-08-01 15:28:41 -0400
  • Ashley hennessey
    signed 2018-08-01 15:27:30 -0400
  • Eric Huefner
    signed 2018-08-01 15:26:10 -0400
  • Stephen Hollingworth
    signed 2018-08-01 15:21:24 -0400
  • Rebecca Wanner
    signed 2018-08-01 15:19:45 -0400
  • Maya Gutierrez
    signed 2018-08-01 15:18:18 -0400
  • Joe Antonellis
    signed 2018-08-01 15:15:58 -0400