SEPTA phasing out subway tokens

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PHILADELPHIA — SEPTA will phase out fare tokens in 2018, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The Philadelphia agency is the last major American transit organization to still use tokens. New York City phased out the coins back in 2003.

Starting in January, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority will no longer sell coins along the Market-Frankford and Broad Street subway lines and will encourage riders to use the SEPTA Key card. Tokens will still be available for purchase for the time being at SEPTA headquarters and area retailers.

SEPTA officials say token use has been on the decline in recent years as more people switch to smart cards. In November, the agency sold 2.2 million tokens; down from 3.2 million during the same month in 2016.

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