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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  • Rachel DuPlessis
    signed 2019-07-25 12:03:30 -0400
    Rachel DuPlessis says—this is yet another tax and burden from being poor. It does SEPTA no good and undercuts ridership. We need to motivate folks to TAKE SEPT, not put barriers of all kinds, including financial.
  • Michael Warhola
    signed 2019-07-25 11:38:03 -0400
  • Aaron Todd
    signed 2019-07-25 11:28:57 -0400
  • Genevieve Tung
    signed 2019-07-25 11:24:50 -0400
  • Leonard Gladstone
    signed 2019-07-25 10:28:21 -0400
  • Michael Schill
    signed 2019-07-25 10:19:20 -0400
    Michael Schill
  • Christopher Lankenau
    signed 2019-07-25 10:18:00 -0400
  • Hayden Smith
    signed 2019-07-25 10:16:10 -0400
  • Embry Owen
    signed 2019-07-25 10:13:28 -0400
    The $1 penalty impacts me all the time and I’m tired of it! This particularly impacts people who are lower-income and who live in outer areas of the city. We need to follow the lead of cities like New York and Seattle and end the penalty now.
  • Erika Morgan
    signed 2019-07-25 10:03:42 -0400
  • Sandy Vogel
    signed 2019-07-25 09:58:42 -0400
  • Maureen Brown
    signed 2019-07-25 09:53:43 -0400
    Maureen Brown
  • Robert Duplessis
    signed 2019-07-25 09:52:59 -0400
    Robert DuPlessis

    As a bus rider, I know that the buses need more riders and also that many of those who ride the buses are poor. The transfer policy is another tax on the poor and should be eliminated. End the tax and boost ridership!
  • Laura Brubaker
    signed 2019-07-25 09:42:21 -0400
  • Matt Skolnik
    signed 2019-07-25 09:37:32 -0400
  • Nathaniel Popkin
    signed 2019-07-25 09:33:45 -0400
  • Chi-Hyun Kim
    signed 2019-07-24 16:59:30 -0400
  • Anthony Nash
    signed 2019-07-24 16:55:41 -0400
    Charging for transfers is just another tax on the poor. Get your act together SEPTA!
  • William Dungan
    signed 2019-07-24 16:53:25 -0400
    It’s not fair to make some of our most vulnerable residents pay 40% more for transit
  • Will Tung
    signed 2019-07-24 00:09:01 -0400
  • Nate Wooten
    signed 2019-07-17 14:21:36 -0400
  • Lenny Cohen
    signed 2019-07-16 22:43:49 -0400
  • Olivia Walling
    signed 2019-07-16 21:11:55 -0400
    Olivia Walling
  • Jen Moore
    signed 2019-07-16 20:08:18 -0400
  • Rose Lee
    signed 2019-07-15 16:49:07 -0400
  • Madeline Weber
    signed 2019-07-15 05:05:58 -0400
  • Laura Greene
    signed 2019-07-11 19:42:33 -0400
    The transfer fee really affects poor people – if you’re living hand to mouth, you can’t afford a transpass so that extra $2 day you’ll have to pay to get to your minimum wage job is going to hurt. There is enough poverty in Philadelphia already. Please do your part to reduce income inequality!
  • Diana Jih
    signed 2019-07-11 17:20:39 -0400
  • Maria Grina
    signed 2019-07-11 16:44:22 -0400
  • Antoinette Gibson
    signed 2019-07-11 15:51:32 -0400
    Antoinette M Gibson