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Seniors can sign up for free SEPTA transit at Warwick event in August

Seniors who want to sign up for SEPTA’s Senior ID Key Card program can do so at an event Aug. 10 in Warwick.

The office of state Rep. Bernie O’Neill, R-29, will host the event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, 2740 York Road (state Route 263), in Warwick’s Jamison section.

“SEPTA is transitioning to a cashless SEPTA Key fare program,” O’Neill said in a statement. “My staff and representatives from SEPTA will be available to help seniors apply for a special card and have their photos taken without having to travel to a SEPTA sales location.”

SEPTA’s Key program allows riders to load money onto a card that is used to pay mass transit fares.

Under SEPTA’s seniors ride-free program, anyone 65 and older can ride free on SEPTA’s buses, trolleys, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line, and the Norristown High Speed Line. Seniors who want to ride Regional Rail, however, will continue to pay a $1 fare.

Pennsylvania seniors with state-issued photo IDs are automatically eligible to participate in SEPTA’s program; driver’s licenses and state-issued IDs can be swiped at SEPTA turnstiles or on board vehicles. But if seniors do not want to use their state-issued ID or driver’s license, they can also have their picture taken for a SEPTA Key Card.

Residents interested in participating in the program are encouraged to call 215-441-2624 to make an appointment. Bring a valid state-issued driver’s license or photo ID card to the appointment, O’Neill’s office said.¬†

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office will also be present at the event to inform participants about scams targeting seniors, and provide¬†tips on how to avoid fraud.

Andrew Busch, a spokesman for SEPTA, says SEPTA’s Key program is now in use on all SEPTA services except for regional rail, which is scheduled to begin accepting key cards later this year and into 2018.

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