POTTSTOWN PA – Elderly and disabled riders who use Medicare cards to obtain free or reduced-fare trips on bus routes from Pottstown to Norristown (Route 93), Limerick to King of Prussia (139), and elsewhere in the regional public transit system have only until Jan. 16 (2018; Tuesday) to get a new form of identification to continue their privileges.
SEPTA plans to stop accepting Medicare cards as valid forms of passage for those riders at mid-month. After that, it will primarily accept no-cost SEPTA Key Photo ID Cards from those eligible to receive free and reduced fares. It also will accept Pennsylvania Driver/Non-Driver Licenses with magnetic stripes, as well as earlier-issued paper senior citizen transit id cards, as valid until further notice.
The Medicare card stoppage had originally been scheduled for Monday (Jan. 1), but was “extended two weeks to give riders additional time to prepare,” it added. So far the agency has issued 90,000 photo ID cards, and nearly 15,000 reduced fare photo ID cards for riders with disabilities.
With a valid SEPTA Key senior photo ID card, senior citizens age 65 and older can ride free at all times on all SEPTA transit routes, or pay just a $1 fare on regional rail for travel within Pennsylvania. They also get a 50-percent discount on weekday fares for travel to or from New Jersey and Delaware. Eligible disabled riders receive half-off fares.
Seniors can sign up to get a SEPTA Key senior photo ID card at local offices of their state senators and representatives. Applicants must complete a form and show one of several forms of identification. For more information or questions about the card, see this webpage or call SEPTA customer service at 215-580-7800.
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