An across-the-board fare increase proposed for SEPTA drew a wave of criticism during public hearings Monday.
Speakers at morning and evening sessions at SEPTA's Market Street headquarters worried about the effect the fare increase would have on the poor and senior citizens and said city transit riders were bearing the brunt of the costs. - From Philly.com
And the Delaware Valley Association of Rail Passengers (DVARP) lambasted SEPTA's smart card, SEPTA Key, saying that even as its rollout progresses, it is still failing to live up to its promise.
Lower gas prices and competition from ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft are playing a role in the drop, and SEPTA expects to build a campaign to boost ridership around the Key card, said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager and treasurer.
He also showed a chart that demonstrated the fare increase disproportionately affected city transit riders.
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