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Old 03-31-2016, 01:50 PM
 
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Hi. My family will be travelling to Philadelphia on vacation and getting around the city via SEPTA. I was hoping someone on this forum could help clarify a question about the SEPTA Weekly TransPass.

We will will be spending a week in the city from Saturday to Saturday. It appears from reading about the TransPass on SEPTA's website that each pass begins on Monday and ends the following Monday, as opposed to a rolling pass which would be effective from the time of purchase until it expires seven days later. In other words, it appears to me that someone buying a TransPass upon arriving on Saturday and using it on the weekend would be required to buy another TransPass for the following Monday through Saturday (which would not be cost effective).

Am I understanding this correctly? Any feedback you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-31-2016, 01:58 PM
 
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Yes, weekly Trans/Trail Passes only run Monday to Monday (completely ridiculous IMO).

First off - what modes of transit will you be using? With Transpass you can use everything except Regional Rail (subway, bus, and trolley) but if you want to use RR then you need to get a Trailpass (more $$).

I would wait to buy your weekly pass on Monday. For the first Sat/Sun, you can either do individual tickets/tokens OR get an Independence Pass which is the daily pass for $12 (so $24 total for Sat and Sun per person).
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the quick answer Becca. The vast majority of our trips will be within the city of Philadelphia, so subway, bus, and trolley will the dominant mode (as well as walking). Perhaps we can stay close to the hotel (which is in CCP) on Sunday and do things on foot. Cheers.
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Old 03-31-2016, 02:09 PM
 
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Oh yeah if you're staying in CC then you can def do foot travel at least one of the days. Depending on how many people are in your party, you may want to see about using Uber (SUV if there's a bunch of you) because that would likely be cheaper than paying the $12pp Independence Pass. Have fun!
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Old 03-31-2016, 03:19 PM
 
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One additional item of note: there is also a one-day Independence Family Pass for 29 dollars. Good for up to 5 people, no more than 2 of them being over 18.

Depending on how big your family that can come out to less than 6 dollars per person, or about 3 one-way trips. So it's not a bad deal. Run the numbers maybe.

Also transpasses are good anywhere on regional rail on the weekends or holidays.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:13 PM
 
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You all have been so helpful, but I have one more question. I've been reading about the new SEPTA Key where you tap the fare reader as opposed to the old passes that were swiped. Do the all vehicles accomodate both swiping and tapping or will I need to buy a SEPTA Key in order to ride?
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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You all have been so helpful, but I have one more question. I've been reading about the new SEPTA Key where you tap the fare reader as opposed to the old passes that were swiped. Do the all vehicles accomodate both swiping and tapping or will I need to buy a SEPTA Key in order to ride?
They are rolling out an Early Adopter testing phase of SEPTA Key, so no you do not have to get it or use it. Personally, I wouldn't mess with it now esp since you'll be on vacation so won't have to deal with any issues if they arise. More info here - SEPTA | Welcome
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Old 05-18-2016, 12:56 PM
 
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I'll be staying at a PHL airport hotel and going to Center City, back and forth for 3 days.
Day 1: Airport to CC; then CC to Eastwick station
Day 2: Eastwick to CC; CC to Eastwick
Day 3: Eastwick to CC; CC to airport

SEPTA | Trailpass
I think I should get a weekly rail pass, but which one? I'm stumped by the confusing SEPTA website. Also, WHERE do I buy the weekly pass? I don't see it online. (Is it just me, or is the SEPTA website is badly designed? It's confusing, ugly, has dead or inaccurate links.)
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Old 05-18-2016, 01:35 PM
 
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I'll be staying at a PHL airport hotel and going to Center City, back and forth for 3 days.
Day 1: Airport to CC; then CC to Eastwick station
Day 2: Eastwick to CC; CC to Eastwick
Day 3: Eastwick to CC; CC to airport

SEPTA | Trailpass
I think I should get a weekly rail pass, but which one? I'm stumped by the confusing SEPTA website. Also, WHERE do I buy the weekly pass? I don't see it online. (Is it just me, or is the SEPTA website is badly designed? It's confusing, ugly, has dead or inaccurate links.)
Others may have differing opinions, but I think your best bet might be purchasing a $12 daily Independence Pass for each day you're here.

SEPTA | One-Day Individual & Family Independence Pass

Individual tickets for each trip might be even less expensive; the trip planner page on SEPTA's website was giving me grief (as usual ... ).

For three days, buying a weekly pass would be a waste of money, IMO.

And yes, the SEPTA site is full of lies, untruths, and inaccuracies. One page contradicts another - if the links work at all, that is.
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I'll be staying at a PHL airport hotel and going to Center City, back and forth for 3 days.
Day 1: Airport to CC; then CC to Eastwick station
Day 2: Eastwick to CC; CC to Eastwick
Day 3: Eastwick to CC; CC to airport

SEPTA | Trailpass
I think I should get a weekly rail pass, but which one? I'm stumped by the confusing SEPTA website. Also, WHERE do I buy the weekly pass? I don't see it online. (Is it just me, or is the SEPTA website is badly designed? It's confusing, ugly, has dead or inaccurate links.)
Any monthly or weekly pass is good for a trip to the airport (even the transpass bus pass).

However, Eastwick is a zone 1 station, so it requires a zone 1 trailpass - transpasses are only good on the weekend. Which you can also use to go to the airport.

A weekly zone one is $27, which could theoretically save you money.

Except you need to buy it from a train station where they sell such passes - they don't have a ticket office at the airport. Which means regardless, your first trip from the airport to Center City is going to set you back 7 or 8 dollars depending on if it's the weekend or a weekday - the Airport is considered a Zone 4 station.

An Independence Pass is good for any travel all day, except you can't use it on a train arriving to Center City before 9:30 AM. It's 12 dollars. You can buy this one on board a train - you don't need a ticket office.

Also, the weekly pass is only good for the actual Monday-Sunday week - so if your trip stretches over a weekend you'd actually need two weekly passes even though it's only 3 days.

This trip is a pretty good example of the ridiculousness of the SEPTA fare structure. Not that it's expensive, but just refuses to acknowledge the existence of logic. Which is a lot more apparent once you drop outside of the monthly pass paradigm.
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