SEPTA plans to put its proposed fare increases on hold until January

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  SEPTA is putting off its proposed fare increase until January — the transit agency is delaying parts of its fare restructuring plan because of the effects of the coronavirus. 

SEPTA plans to implement in July the provisions of its fare proposal that would save riders money. Fare increases would be put off until at least January. 

If the SEPTA board approves the plan next month, riders using the SEPTA Key card's Travel Wallet would get one free transfer instead of the current one dollar transfer. Cash riders, though, would continue to pay the dollar transfer.

Children between the ages of five and 11 would cost $1 each, instead of the current $2.50 full fare. 

"We know that financially, things are a challenge for many people out there right now. So we wouldn't want the fare proposal to have the effect of creating additional financial hardship,” SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said. 

The proposed single-ride fare increase from $2 to $2.50 for SEPTA Key Card users would be delayed until next January, under the plan that will be presented to the SEPTA board next month.