SEPTA is launching a mobile ticketing pilot program that offers riders an easy-to-use option to purchase tickets for one or more people using a smartphone.
“SEPTA Key Tix” is available within the SEPTA app for trips on buses, trolleys, the Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line, and Norristown High Speed Line. Customers can use a credit card to download a QR-code “ticket” that can be read at fareboxes and turnstiles. The Authority plans to expand the program to Regional Rail in 2023.
SEPTA Key Tix gives families and friends traveling together the capability to scan once and pay fares for up to five riders using a single barcode.
“We are thrilled to launch this exciting new program, which makes SEPTA more convenient for customers looking to pay for their trips in advance without purchasing a physical card,” said SEPTA General Manager and CEO Leslie S. Richards. “As the holiday season quickly approaches, now is the perfect time for people to take advantage of these features while traveling in groups to visit loved ones.”
This program does not replace SEPTA Key Cards, but instead, provides a simple solution for occasional riders who want to enjoy the same benefits as cardholders, including one free transfer per Transit trip.
More than 1,200 people have already tested the program during a closed pilot this fall, and the beta is now open for anyone to join.
Interested customers can participate in the SEPTA Key Tix pilot by downloading the Android or Apple version of the SEPTA app.
In the coming months, SEPTA will also accept contactless bankcards for trips on buses, trolleys, the Broad Street Line, Market-Frankford Line, and Norristown High Speed Line. This feature will give riders the capability to tap their credit card or phone with mobile payment services such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay. More information about this upcoming pilot program will be announced soon.