PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – SEPTA’s insistence on slapping Male and Female decals on TransPasses and TrailPasses — a practice that has upset the city’s transgender community — came under the microscope Tuesday in City Council.
At issue was SEPTA’s long standing policy of putting “M” and “F” stickers on weekly and monthly passes — to prevent spouses from sharing a pass. It came up as General Manager Joe Casey testified before council on the transit agency’s budget.READ MORE: Police Investigating Stickers Advocating White Supremacy Found On Signs Along Several Streets On Main Line
Councilman Bill Greenlee said the transgender community finds it discriminatory, “They’re already in what they feel is often times a mistreated situation. And it gets them farther into that.”
Casey said eliminating the stickers would increase TransPass fraud to the tune of $4-million a year, and he said new Smart Card technology would make the stickers moot, “Once that is in the works, our plan is to get rid of the ‘M’ and ‘F’ stickers.”READ MORE: Funeral Services Held At Temple University's Liacouras Center For 12 Victims Killed In Fairmount Fire
Smart Cards are expected in two-three years.
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