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Mar. 6, 2013 9:00 am

Why don’t all SEPTA subway stations have token machines?

As SEPTA-takers might have already noticed, only about half of SEPTA’s subway stations have token machines. And, as SEPTA-takers know, that can be infuriating because it means forking out $2 (in exact change) for a ride that actually costs $1.55 — the cost of a token. “It’s a resource and manpower issue,” SEPTA spokesman Andrew […]

Photo from PlanPhilly.

Photo from PlanPhilly.

Photo from PlanPhilly.

As SEPTA-takers might have already noticed, only about half of SEPTA’s subway stations have token machines. And, as SEPTA-takers know, that can be infuriating because it means forking out $2 (in exact change) for a ride that actually costs $1.55 — the cost of a token.

“It’s a resource and manpower issue,” SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch tells PlanPhilly. More from that report here.

Fortunately, PlanPhilly reported, as part of SEPTA’s smartcard technology plan, it will be installing vending machines in every station. That’s scheduled to start September 2013.

Read the whole PlanPhilly story here.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's editorial product lead after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

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