Since hearings held during a public health crisis will not be representative of transit riders, we would like to see the SEPTA Board respond to current realities and pass a fare plan for a COVID-19 recovery. There are some good elements of the proposed plan– free transfers and new fare products– but with the unemployment rate at levels not seen since the Great Depression, these elements alone will not be enough.
In the absence of compassion or competence from our governments, every public agency has a responsibility to respond to this crisis. If we truly value the sacrifices of the essential workers still riding public transit, we should do everything necessary to pass a fare proposal that significantly lowers and simplifies fares.
A Fare Proposal for a COVID-19 Recovery: The SEPTA board should submit a fare proposal that will allow transit riders and the region to recover from COVID-19. This proposal should significantly lower and simplify fares for one year. We suggest a $1 fare across all modes for adults, and free rides for all children accompanied by an adult.
Reschedule public hearings for the current fare proposal. After one year, resubmit the current proposal if public hearings can take place safely.
Now is not the time to attempt to pass a fare increase without legitimate public input.