Fares increase for Philly-area SEPTA riders

Published: 7:33 AM EDT Jul 01, 2013   Updated: 2:35 PM EDT Jul 01, 2013

It now costs more to ride the transit system serving Philadelphia and its suburbs.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's fare increase went into effect Monday for riders on its trains, subways, buses and trolleys.

The cost of a token went from $1.55 to $1.80 and cash fares on transit lines went from $2 to $2.25.

Riders on regional rail lines saw a variety of increases, ranging from 25 cents to $2.

A "smart-card" electronic fare collection system is set to start in the fall.

SEPTA announced the increases in March and said it's the first hike in three years.

The increases are expected to bring in $25 million in additional revenue for the cash-strapped agency.