SEPTA tokens will be phased out starting early 2018 (update) - Curbed

It’s official: Early 2018 will be the end of the archaic SEPTA token.

SEPTA just announced that it will begin the phase-out of its token payments in mid-January, with token sales officially ending at the last-remaining locations on or about March 1, 2018.

Update: The phase-out at at cashiers’ booths begins Monday, January 22 and runs through the first week of February, SEPTA announced. Between February 12 to 28, all remaining vending machines will be removed.

In the following weeks sales of the token will come to a halt at other major SEPTA locations and the third-party vendors.

You can find the full list of dates broken down by line on SEPTA’s website.

It’s the final phase of SEPTA’s ongoing overhaul of its payment system, which has accepted token payments since 1968. In 2016, it started accepting credit card or debit card payments in lieu of exact change and offered paper QuikTrip tickets. By early 2017, the SEPTA Keycard made its debut, kicking off the phase-out of tokens.

If you haven’t already made the switch to SEPTA Keycard, here are some answers to questions you might have about what to do with those tokens.

What will be the last day to buy tokens?

SEPTA will release its official phase-out schedule in January 2018, but cashier sales will end starting mid-January. A lot of the vending machines have already been removed from stations along the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines, but 40 still remain. They’ll all be gone by or around March 1, 2018.

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