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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  • Maya Gutierrez
    signed 2018-08-01 15:18:18 -0400
  • Joe Antonellis
    signed 2018-08-01 15:15:58 -0400
  • Leonard Hu
    signed 2018-08-01 15:12:42 -0400
    Yes please I’m originally from NYC and metrocards all have 2 hour free transfer and it totally works. Septa doesn’t have that and it requires paying extra and it’s really confusing as well for tourists and new residents. I’m sure the money they get from transfer fees will be made up by more ridership or else eventually they’ll be taken over from other more convenient ride-sharing services for the majority of rides and be stuck with only low income riders. NYC tons of people from all demographics rides the subways/buses and it works. Philly it’s more a hassle than anything(especially transferring), would rather walk half the time as it’s cheaper.
  • Nicholas Pupik
    signed 2018-08-01 15:12:15 -0400
  • Matt Satten
    signed 2018-08-01 15:09:47 -0400
  • Jaclyn Pollan
    signed 2018-08-01 15:08:57 -0400
  • Leonard Bonarek
    signed 2018-08-01 15:07:37 -0400
    my sentiments exactly: transfer fees penalize lower income transit riders who are less likely to be able to afford to live near transit stations that are on direct routes to center city. If we’re going to pay more soon, then part of that hike should be for all riders to subsidize the elimination of xfer fees.
  • Karen Guarino Spanton
    signed 2018-08-01 15:06:04 -0400
  • malachy egan
    signed 2018-08-01 15:03:44 -0400
  • Kate Stokes
    signed 2018-08-01 15:01:47 -0400
  • Ann Dinh
    signed 2018-08-01 15:01:25 -0400
  • Jeanette Lloyd
    signed 2018-08-01 15:00:49 -0400
    Jeanette Lloyd
  • Oren Roth-Eisenberg
    signed 2018-08-01 14:01:45 -0400
    SEPTA would see a lot more bus use if it ended the transfer penalty, freeing up the streets and better using existing infrastructure. People need an incentive to take a service perceived as “less desirable.”
  • Nancy Lo
    signed 2018-07-26 23:57:19 -0400
  • David Van Cott
    signed 2018-07-12 14:57:53 -0400
  • Sarah Burgess
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-06-28 22:02:14 -0400
    Petition: Tell @SEPTA_SOCIAL to end the $1 transfer penalty this year #freetransfers
  • Sarah Burgess
    signed 2018-06-28 22:01:33 -0400
  • Stacey Toseland
    signed 2018-06-27 21:43:55 -0400
  • Dan Scholnick
    signed 2018-06-27 13:55:48 -0400
    My commute (trolley-subway-bus) involves two transfers: one free, one not free. The distinction feels truly arbitrary. Both transfers are critical to allowing the “last mile” connection that makes it possible for me to use SEPTA instead of driving my car. The Key cards have been a game-changer for making the commute easy, efficient, and frankly, fun. Eliminating the transfer fee is the next step toward transit equity in Philadelphia.
  • Tom Nagawiecki
    signed 2018-06-27 13:14:17 -0400
  • Amy Kleger Koven
    signed 2018-06-27 12:24:21 -0400
    After living in NYC and coming back to Philly to settle down I was so confused why there is a $1 transfer fee. It’s inconvenient, more expensive and makes no sense for those of us who use the bus / subway frequently. It discourages people from using public transport.
  • Haimin Yie
    signed 2018-06-27 12:15:40 -0400
  • Jack Ryan
    signed 2018-06-27 12:10:20 -0400
    I would begin using multiple buses if the transfer were free!
  • Jason Volpe
    signed 2018-06-27 12:08:11 -0400
  • Rosy Savoia
    signed 2018-06-27 12:04:32 -0400
    Especially with the implementation of SEPTA Key, the ability to allow a card to work on a transfer without collecting far it now finally totally plausible. Please implement this!
  • Tanya Seaman
    signed 2018-06-27 11:49:31 -0400
  • James Flesher
    signed 2018-06-27 11:15:44 -0400
  • Susan Shulman
    signed 2018-06-27 11:02:21 -0400
  • Marcus Ferreira
    signed 2018-06-27 11:01:49 -0400
    Marcus P. Ferreira
  • Scott Gross
    signed 2018-06-21 17:36:13 -0400
    Please stop penalizing riders for definciancies in YOUR network. It’s time to take a bold step into the 1990s and encourage transfers!