SEPTA Key Partner Programs

To keep our region moving productively, SEPTA has developed a trio of cost-saving programs thoughtfully engineered for employers, colleges and universities, and social agencies. Each program offers unique benefits for both the organization and the rider. To learn more about the SEPTA Key Partner Programs, download our Partner Programs Guide (PDF).

Programs for Employers

This universal benefit program offers employers the ability to purchase deeply discounted All-Access Passes for employees. Passes are purchased electronically and loaded onto individuals’ SEPTA Key cards. The monthly retail value of this pass is $204. Through Key Advantage, participants receive up to an 80% discount on their passes.

  1. Email gpristera@septa.org for the agreement and addendum. In the addendum, the total number of eligible employees will need to be recorded. All eligible employees must have the pass purchased for them whether they ride SEPTA or not. There are (2) exemptions: employees permanently working from home, and PA residents 65 and older. The criteria for eligibility are:
    • Work Status – Employers may make Key Advantage available to all benefits-eligible employees, all full-time employees, or all employees regardless of status, provided the employer is able to isolate the defined group for program participation.
    • Work Location – Employers with multiple work sites can select a work site OR multiple work sites. All employees at the selected work site(s) must be included in the eligible employee population, whether they ride SEPTA or not.
  2. Complete the online Partner Portal application. The Partner Portal account is needed to place bulk Key card orders and process monthly payments.

Gabrielle Pristera
gpristera@septa.org | 215-580-3041

SEPTA’s opt-in transit benefit program offers monthly fare products and Travel Wallet for employees. Fare products are purchased by employers electronically and are loaded onto participants’ SEPTA Key cards. The entire cost of the fare product is pretax through the 132 (f) transit benefit tax code. Employers can enter into an agreement with SEPTA to receive 5% off of monthly passes, provided they match the discount, passing on a 10% savings to their employees.

  1. Submitting an application:
    • Go to www.septakey.org > Partner Program > Partner Program Application
    • Complete all fields including your preferred payment method and click “Next”. Note: The limit allowed on Credit Card transactions is $7500 per order. If you select ACH Transfer, you will receive additional instructions if your application is approved.
    • The final step is to create your username and password. Follow the instructions for creating your password. You will need to choose a security question and answer.
  2. Setting up a payment profile:
    • After the application has been submitted, a SEPTA Key Call Center representative will call the number submitted on the application to set up the payment profile.
    • After the payment profile has been set up, you can sign into the admin account and begin sending participants the directions for linking their Key cards. Note: If an ACH is being set up, there will be a $1.00 nonrefundable test charge to the account.

Zuleyka Valles-Rosa
zvallesrosa@septa.org | 215-580-3046

Programs For College/Universities

SEPTA Key Advantage UPass

SEPTA’s universal transit program offers colleges and universities the ability to purchase deeply discounted All-Access Passes for students. Passes are purchased electronically and loaded onto participants’ Key cards. The monthly retail value of this pass is $204. Through UPass, participants receive up to an 80% discount on their passes. This program is initiated by colleges and universities and is not purchased by individual students.

  1. Email dkaufholdsepta.org for the agreement and addendum. In the addendum, the total number of eligible students will need to be recorded. All eligible students must have the pass purchased for them whether they ride SEPTA or not. There are (2) exemptions: students that are permanently remote/online only, and students that are taking part in an exchange or study abroad that will keep them off-campus for the entire semester. The criteria for eligibility are:
    • Student Status – Schools may make UPass available to all part-time students, all full-time students, or all students regardless of status, provided that the institution is able to isolate the defined group for program participation.
    • Degree/Credential Type – Schools may choose to make UPass available to students based on their degree type (undergraduate, graduate/professional, PhD, or some other certificate or credential).
    • Campus Location – Colleges or universities with multiple locations can select a single campus OR multiple campuses. All students at the selected location(s) must be included in the eligible student population, whether they ride SEPTA or not. Campus locations outside of the SEPTA service area are automatically excluded.
    • Class or Cohort – Schools may choose to take a phased approach, offering the program to first-year students and expanding to a new first-year student cohort each subsequent year.
  2. Complete the online Partner Portal application. The Partner Portal account is needed to place bulk Key card orders and process monthly payments.

Dana Kaufhold
dkaufhold@septa.org | 215-580-7592

SEPTA Key Semester Pass

SEPTA’s Key Semester Pass is an opt-in transit benefit program which offers discounted semester fare products to colleges and universities to load onto their students’ Key cards.

  1. Submitting an application:
    • Go to www.septakey.org > Partner Program > Partner Program Application. Complete all fields.
    • Complete the ‘discount agreement’ PDF. The original will need to be mailed to your SEPTA Sales Specialist.
    • Create your username and password. Follow the instructions for creating your password. You will need to choose a security question and answer.
  2. Setting up a payment profile:
    • After the application has been submitted, a SEPTA Key Call Center representative will call the number submitted on the application to set up the payment profile.
    • After the payment profile has been set up, you can sign into the admin account and begin sending students the directions for linking their Key cards. ACH is the only accepted payment method for the Semester Pass Program. As part of setup, there will be a $1.00 nonrefundable test charge to the account.

Dana Kaufhold
dkaufhold@septa.org | 215-580-7592

Programs For Social Agencies/Special Events

Partner Passes are nonreloadable Key cards for clients of social agencies and non-profits. Partner Passes are not for resale. There are a variety of product options to choose from and can be purchased in bulk online and shipped directly to you.

We also offer solutions for travel involving large groups without Key cards. Contact us to find out more and schedule a trip today by emailing grouptravel@septa.org or ddumas@septa.org.

  1. Submitting an application:
    • Go to www.septakey.org > Partner Program > Partner Program Application
    • Complete all fields including your preferred payment method and click “Next”. Note: The limit allowed on Credit Card transactions is $7500 per order. If you select ACH Transfer, you will receive additional instructions if your application is approved.
    • The final step is to create your username and password. Follow the instructions for creating your password. You will need to choose a security question and answer.
  2. Setting up a payment profile
    • After the application has been submitted, a SEPTA Key Call Center representative will call the number submitted on the application to set up the payment profile.
    • After the payment profile has been set up, you can sign into the admin account and begin placing orders for Partner Passes. Note: If an ACH is being set up, there will be a $1.00 nonrefundable test charge to the account.

Deborah Dumas, Group Travel Options
ddumas@septa.org | 215-580-8161

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