SEPTA to allow smartphone payments… 2 years late
SEPTA is now offering the ability to pay for rides with your phone. It’s great to see public transportation in the city has finally entered the modern age!
Well… sort of.
Technically they already had a couple of kiosks dotted throughout the city. And they’re really only opening up phase two of testing. Plus, they said they’d have the service citywide before the pandemic even started.
Regardless of the classic Philly-style delays, SEPTA is set to catch up to America’s major cities in a big way.
I visited a friend in New York and took the subway to his apartment with no problem. I didn’t even need to open Apple Pay.
All I had to do was put my phone on the reader, pass through the turnstile, and await my chariot of steel—the essence of convenience.
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Sure, we were supposed to be the first major city to have that functionality. But I think being in the top 5 (maybe?) is more our speed.
Regardless, I can’t wait for this. The kiosks are outdated and hard to figure out, the card is one more thing to lose, and I’m sick and tired of watching my friends be too chicken to jump the turnstile when one of the first two things rears its ugly head.
I’m known as a public transportation shill by the staff here at The Liberty Line, and it’s fair. Victor Williams thought I didn’t drive at all for the longest time, and that’s a point of pride for me.
Am I peeved SEPTA took so long? Absolutely.
But there’s a lot to consider.
We did enough pioneering for this country in 1776. Let the rest of the cities pick up the slack.
Just kidding really. SEPTA needs to skip Phase Two and just install the damn things.