SEPTA is calling on experts from the transportation industry to submit their proposals for the next iteration of the authority’s key card.
Improvements resulting from the project, dubbed “Key 2.0”, are expected to include mobile fare payment and a ticketing system integrated with other transit agencies, such as Amtrak and NJ Transit.
Although launched in 2016, the technology behind the SEPTA key was developed over 10 years ago, the authority said.
“SEPTA Key 2.0 will help ensure we stay up to date with evolving ticket collection technology,” Leslie Richards, Managing Director of SEPTA, said in a statement. “This is an essential investment for our customers and an important part of SEPTA’s strategic plan. “
In a request for proposal document released on Monday, the authority asked transport companies to provide market information from other cities to provide guidance for the ‘upgrade and / or replacement’ of the Key system. .
The objectives of the project are to build an agile 2.0 key, to make it easy to use and to harmonize it with the modes of movement inside and outside the SEPTA network, according to the RFP.
Proposals must be returned by August 9, but there is no detailed schedule or budget in the RFP for implementing the recommendations.
Officials said Key’s restart would complement other ongoing initiatives, including an effort to overhaul SEPTA’s bus network.
Around 1.6 million key cards are in circulation and a majority of passengers buy and reload their cards at one of the 350 automated kiosks at metro stops, bus loops and regional train stations in the city center, a indicated authority.
The system replaced tokens, although its deployment was delayed and expensive. SEPTA spent nearly $ 230 million on the key card, nearly doubling the project’s original budget, according to the Inquirer.