Checking In On SEPTA’s Tardy Electronic Payment System

 

Photo: Plan Philly

Photo: Plan Philly

  • Plan Philly checks in on SEPTA’s New Payment Technology (NPT) fare system, already delayed by more than a year it says by problems in designing the software, the opportunity to take in lessons from Chicago and other cities that have implemented similar systems, and the retirement of Chief Officer of NPT John McGee, Jr. The agency has completed an advanced pilot test (next is this fall’s employee pilot test). “The five zone offices, which will monitor and manage the system remotely, relying heavily on video footage, are ready for use, and staff have already moved into the central zone office. Most of the conduits for NPT’s implementation on the regional rail system are in place, and work will become more visible at 30th Street Station.” In addition, SEPTA is taking advantage of the loosened rollout schedule by negotiating with the City to integrate NPT with Philadelphia Bike Share.
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