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May 29, 2010 by Post Team 

Septa:PHILADELPHIA – The SEPTA Board of Directors approved an operating budget that requires an increase across the board in most of the instruments of tariffs, however, maintain the current base rate of $ 2.00.

The board, 10-2 vote, approved the FY 2011 Operating Budget at it’s plenary session yesterday. Delaware County two members of the board, Thomas Kubik Babcck and Daniel were members alone to vote against the proposal.

Although neither Babcck nor Kubik addressed the media after the meeting, Babcck had expressed concern about the proposed rate at committee meetings last week, asking why the basic rate had not been increased.

The proposal would maintain the basic rate of $ 2.00, while virtually all the instruments of fares, including tokens, transfers, and TrailPasses TransPasses is increase in cost from July 1. Other bus tickets, metro, tram and increase as follows:

* The price of the chips will increase from $ 1.45 to 1.55 dollars as a result, one of two components of chips now cost $ 3.10, a five-pack $ 7.85, and a pack of ten cost $ 15.50 (these are the three most common symbol package sales).
* The cost of transfers will increase from $ 0.75 to $ 1.00.
* Disabled passengers can now pay reduced fares on buses, trams and subway trains during peak hours. This was one of the changes to the proposal made by the hearing examiner’s report released earlier this month. The rates for the disabled will be $ 1.00 base fare, $ 0.50 for a transfer and $ 0.25 per area.
* A week TransPass would cost $ 22.00 under the new fare scheme, with monthly TransPasses now costs $ 83.00, a Cross-County Pass cost $ 103.00.
* The convenience of a day Pass (valid in all modes except Regional Rail) will increase from $ 6.00 to $ 7.00.

On the side of regional rail:

* The period of least activity is now defined as trains departing or arriving at City Center after 7:00 pm and all day on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
* Regional train fares to and from the city center during peak hours (before 7:00 pm on weekdays), now will be priced as follows (advance / on board) – Zone 1: $ 4.00 / $ 4.00; Zone 2: $ 4.50 / $ 5.00, Zone 3: $ 5.50 / $ 6.00, 4 and 5 zones: $ 6.25 / $ 7.00; Zone 6: $ 8.75 / $ 10.00
* Regional train fares to and from the city center at night and weekends and will be priced as follows (advance / on board) – Zones 1 and 2: $ 3.50 / $ 4.00, Zone 3, 4 and 5: $ 4.75 / $ 6.00, Zone 6: $ 8.75 / $ 10.00
* Travel between the two areas outside the city center (ie within Zone 2 Glenolden Chester Transportation Center Zone 3) would cost $ 3.25 in advance, $ 4.00 on board.
* Travel between the three areas outside the downtown (ie, Overbrook in Zone 2 of Thorndale in zone 5) would cost $ 3.75 in advance, $ 4.00 on board.
* TrailPasses area also increase an average of 6 percent in the following manner (weekly / monthly) – Zone 1: $ 24.25 / $ 91.00, Zone 2: $ 34.50 / $ 127.00, Zone 3: $ 42.00 / $ 155.00, Zone 4 : $ 47.75 / $ 176.00, Zone 5 / 6: $ 53.00 / $ 191.00
* Ten-way tickets and now will be priced as follows – Zone 1: $ 35.50 Zone 2: $ 42.50 Zone 3: $ 50.00, zones 4 and 5: $ 58.00 Zone 6: $ 77.50
* The individual Independence Day Pass (valid in all modes including Regional Rail) will cost $ 11.00, while the family pass will cost $ 28.00 Independence.

Of considerable interest is the fact that ticket prices for the regional rail zones 4 and 5 will be the same during peak hours, while the night / weekend rates for Zones 1 and 2, as well as Zones 3, 4 and 5 will also be the same.

According to SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch, this is part of an overall effort of simplification rate.

“Tickets are purchased mainly by occasional riders, so that by offering these tickets at the same price, SEPTA hopes to travel a little easier for the casual rider,” said Busch. “The higher prices are passed in line with most of the adjustments of rates for other regional rail corridors.”

As part of the proposed operating budget, approximately 20 routes could achieve smaller reductions in services. The reductions are essentially restores the improvements that were introduced two years ago.

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