By Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For regional rail riders, starting today, SEPTA is taking a different approach to collecting fares at the Center City stations.
Many commuters at Jenkintown say mornings have been rough because of the rail car shortage, but at times it’s even worse in the evenings, leaving Center City.
“Definitely been crowded, packed, standing room only.”
“Trains are packed like sardines because they’ve either been canceled or running late.”
And now, between 3 and 630 p.m., SEPTA employees will punch tickets and check passes before riders get to the platforms at the Center City Stations.
So, Temple, Jefferson, Suburban, 30th Street and University City.
SEPTA says they’re doing this to alleviate congestion. Riders like Poppy say it’s a good way for them to limit free rides.
“Often times the trains are so crowded that no one can come down the aisle to collect fees.”
And riders have to be ready because they can no longer buy tickets on the trains out of Center City during the evening rush.