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A Return To Coins Only At SEPTA Suburban Parking Lots

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — SEPTA is returning to coin-operated parking machines at a handful of suburban Regional Rail parking lots, starting next week.

Riders have been using cards with magnetic stripes to pay for their parking at the transit agency’s Jenkintown, Ambler, Fort Washington, Warminster, and 69 Street parking lots, but starting next Tuesday they’ll have to use their loose change.

SEPTA’s Richard Maloney says they are discontinuing the parking cards because of ongoing problems.

“With everyone now having a cell phone or other electronic device, we’ve had a lot of cases where the parking cards have been demagnetized by the electronics,” he said.

Maloney says it doesn’t pay to upgrade the technology in the machines because the transit agency is hoping to include a parking lot payment feature in an electronic fare system that’s planned for the future.  At most stations, Maloney says, parking is $1.00 and the machines accept quarters.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • nothing2say4

    So how much is the ticket the Parking Authority will write when people don’t have enough quarters and are running late for work? Better question, do the ticket issuing machines experience problems from “Cell phones, and other electronic devices,” erasing the hand held ticket writer when they are computing a ticket? Somehow I doubt it. Technology moving forward while Philly moves backwards. Lame excuse Maloney, just tell the public SEPTA is too cheap to pay for the yearly maintenance of the meters.

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