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Old 12-26-2011, 09:37 PM
 
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I'm a student at Drexel right now and I go back home every weekend. I take the train to Trenton and get a ride the rest of the way, which is $8.75 each way. Periodically, I go up to Secaucus which is much more expensive. Is it worth it to get a monthly pass? I can get a 10% discount on SEPTA for a monthly and 25% off of NJ Transit. I can't even figure out exactly which passes I need. Help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:20 AM
 
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I'm a student at Drexel right now and I go back home every weekend. I take the train to Trenton and get a ride the rest of the way, which is $8.75 each way. Periodically, I go up to Secaucus which is much more expensive. Is it worth it to get a monthly pass? I can get a 10% discount on SEPTA for a monthly and 25% off of NJ Transit. I can't even figure out exactly which passes I need. Help would be greatly appreciated.
I definitely wouldn't get a monthly pass.

If I understand correctly, an "Anywhere" monthly pass would be $191 per month. If you're traveling 8 times per month, multiply that by $8.75 and you get $70. Unless you plan on doing travel on the Regional Rail during the week, you'd be wasting a lot of money.

The fare brochure is here: http://www.septa.org/fares/new/fare-brochure-2010.pdf

For NJT, you can calulate your fare here: New Jersey Transit

A ticket from Trenton to Secaucus costs $15.50, so you'd be spending $31 every weekend, or $124 per month. A student monthly is $330, so again, it wouldn't be worth it.
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Old 12-27-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Hi Afowl1089,

I agree with checkmatechamp13 that purchasing the monthly passes would not be the most economical if you are mainly traveling on weekends, and his calculations are correct. There is even a Joint SEPTA & NJ Transit Monthly Pass (SEPTA | Joint SEPTA & NJ Transit Monthly Pass), however it costs $612.00 for the trip you need. You can see this, and other monthly passes, are best for daily commuters.

I would like to mention that SEPTA offers 'Ten Trip Ticket' packets that will slightly reduce the price for the SEPTA portion of your trip. With the 'Ten Trip Ticket' packet, essentially you purchase ten one-way tickets. The Zone 6 (Phila to Trenton) Ten Trip Ticket packet costs $77.50 (which basically makes it $7.75 each way). The tickets are valid for 180 days (6 months).
Also, IF you so happen to already use a Transpass, Trailpass or Univeristy Pass currently, be aware that these passes hold "anywhere" priveleges on weekends and major holidays. This means the pass is valid for travel on any form of SEPTA tranist or rail witthout any additional fare. You could ride to form Phila to Trenton with a regular Transpass on weekends.

If you have any questions, visit the Passenger Services Kiosk at your Center City departing station, or contact us at 215-580-7800, or online at www.septa.org and use the online form or chat feature.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:12 AM
 
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If you live on campus you do not need a monthly pass, especially if you just take NJT from Trenton periodically. Even with the discounts you'd still be spending more on monthlies than you would be for single trips.
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