Taubenberger urges SEPTA to retain transfers

Posted: August 03, 2007

Republican mayoral candidate Al Taubenberger yesterday asked SEPTA to reconsider its plan to eliminate 60-cent transfers.

Under the new plan, riders using cash and tokens would have to pay another full fare when using a second SEPTA route in the course of a single trip.

Taubenberger, who called the change "unfair," delivered a letter to SEPTA Chairman Pasquale "Pat" Deon asking for the reconsideration. Democratic mayoral candidate Michael Nutter also is against doing away with transfers.

In response to litigation filed by the Street administration, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Gary F. DiVito issued a temporary order Tuesday night barring SEPTA from implementing the new policy, which was to have gone into effect Wednesday. A ruling on the matter is expected Monday.- Larry Eichel

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