By Jim Melwert

By Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — SEPTA is announcing the latest fare changes that would take effect this summer.

The cash fare for trips on city buses, subways and trolleys would go from $2 to $2.25 on July 1st of this year, then to $2.50 next year.

In a release, the transit agency says this is the first hike in the base cash fare since 2001.

An adult token would go from $1.55 to $1.80. The cash transfer fee will remain a dollar. Weekly transpasses would increase from $22 to $24.50, and monthly transpasses would increase $9 from $83 to $92.

Some changes are coming to regional rail, including the elimination of gender stickers and Zone 5. Most stations are moving to an expanded Zone 4 with the remainder moving to Zone 3. Zone 1 will now include Eastwick, North Broad Street and North Philadelphia stations.

SEPTA plans a press conference this afternoon for more information, and transit officials say there will be public hearings on the increases and changes.

None of the changes will be implemented until they are voted on and approved by SEPTA’s board.

Public hearing schedule:

Monday April 15 at the Delaware County Courthouse in Media, PA; Tuesday April 16 at the Montgomery County Human Services Center in Norristown, PA; Wednesday, April 17 at SEPTA Headquarters in Philadelphia; Friday, April 19 at West Chester Borough Hall in West Chester, PA; and Monday, April 22 at the Bucks County Free Library in Doylestown, PA. There are two sessions at each day, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the locations in the suburban counties, and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Philadelphia.

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