The SEPTA Smartcard Will Arrive Just In Time For The Phasing Out Of Smartcards

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When we last checked in on the SEPTA SmartCard — which is now basically the Mr. Snuffleupagus of Philadelphia Things — things were, um, ah, going. You know, the way your novel/home repair project/couples therapy is… “going,” in that, yeah, for sure, no doubt, it’ll be all wrapped up and good to go by, what, 2015? Well, SEPTA, we’ll break this to you now so you can get used to the embarrassment (if, in fact, this is a feeling you are capable of): By then, NYC will be phasing out its MetroCard system altogether (now 20 years old, natch) in favor of a handy smartphone/keyfob system that will eliminate the need for cards altogether – the very same types of cards, by the way, that you guys are still obsessing over like a small middle eastern country cramming to understand nukes.

  • thegreengrass

    SEPTA’s new thing will have the ability to accept “smartphone/keyfob” things.

  • 20121314

    The card SEPTA is rolling out are not the very same cards that New York has been using and is phasing out. The new SEPTA system will be well ahead of what NY is using. The NY system is the same system SEPTA is implementing. Both will accept payment via cellphones, debit cards, and transit agency issued cards.

    http://www.septa.org/fares/npt/the-technology.html

  • kclo3

    Seriously, this is basic research that anyone should have done when talking about NPT (“SmartCard” is not the term either). NPT was designed to utilize the most out of 21st century technology, to maximize an open fare payment structure on multiple devices. Oh, and ask Japan, Hong Kong, China, or London whether their smartcards are going to be “phased out”.

  • Allan Smithee

    Don’t have a smartphone. Hopefully Septa will reintroduce the token when bringing the ‘smartphone septa payment app’ “online’” & decommissioning or cancelling smartcards/tokens. Also, has mass public transportation been ahead of financial markets/regulators philosophically?? Tokens do seem to be a “tangible” version of bitcoins after all.

  • Roin

    Who wrote this article? SEPTA’s new card is touchless, it’s a new era of smart cards. You’re a total idiot, whoever wrote this. SEPTA is far FAR ahead of MTA and always will be. MTA uses the equivalent of iphone 1. SEPTA is introducing the equivalent of iPhone 9. Mag stripe tickets are old tech and MTA can’t even afford to upgrade it’s system but it’ll do it anyway cause they have no ability to pay their bills. mta is just debt and inefficiency.

  • Roin

    Who wrote this article? SEPTA’s new card is touchless, it’s a new era of smart cards. You’re a total idiot, whoever wrote this. SEPTA is far FAR ahead of MTA and always will be. MTA uses the equivalent of iphone 1. SEPTA is introducing the equivalent of iPhone 9. Mag stripe tickets are old tech and MTA can’t even afford to upgrade it’s system but it’ll do it anyway cause they have no ability to pay their bills. mta is just debt and inefficiency!!!

  • Roin

    Who wrote this article? SEPTA’s new card is touchless, it’s a new era of smart cards. You’re a total idiot, whoever wrote this. SEPTA is far FAR ahead of MTA and always will be. MTA uses the equivalent of iphone 1. SEPTA is introducing the equivalent of iPhone 9. Mag stripe tickets are old tech and MTA can’t even afford to upgrade it’s system but it’ll do it anyway cause they have no ability to pay their bills. mta is just debt and inefficiency,,,

  • thegreengrass

    There’s going to be a contactless card *and* the ability to use a smart phone. They’re not going to make everyone use a smart phone.

  • thegreengrass

    It is kind of astounding the amount misinformation in this posting.

  • Allan Smithee

    Thanks for the clarification.

  • thegreengrass

    Sure thing.

  • philebrity

    EDITOR’S NOTE: We have apparently run afoul of the very powerful SEPTA NPT lobby on this one, and we’re looking to make good here. At the same time, in the spirit of pissiness presented here, I’d like to echo the response I just sent one of the other SEPTA nerds who wrote in to the tips box:

    Jon –

    If you were a regular reader of the site, you’d recognize that for over nine years now, we do far more than “take shits” on the city. And in point of fact, we pride ourselves on getting things right as much as our small staff and tiny, tiny hands allow. So we take it seriously when someone points out an inaccuracy.

    Annnnnnd maybe, since you decided to be a dick about it out of the gate, I’ll give you one chance to point out what flawed about the post’s central thesis: That by the time SEPTA rolls out its own version of the SmartCard, SmartCards themselves will be on their way to being a thing of the past.

    Go!

    One love,

    Jojo

  • philebrity

    Also, to whoever said “SEPTA is far FAR ahead of MTA and always will be.”

    Oh my God.

  • kclo3

    Because no transit system in Japan (PASMO, Suica, smartcards), Hong Kong (Octupus card), London (Oyster card), China, or Europe/N. America has any long-term plan to replace their smart card option. I would fathom many are looking into NFC though.
    In any case, the fact that SEPTA is expanding NFC/RFID tech to an open payment structure is the main point of their NPT upgrade. The SEPTA “SmartCard” YOU keep obsessing over is merely a secondary option in a host of payment options. WE are obsessing over the same thing MTA wants to implement in 2019, and SEPTA is getting it YEARS before they do. No, you haven’t got the story right by a long shot.