The School District of Philadelphia's (District) Department of Transportation Services (Transportation) is seeking authorization for an annual contract with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to purchase Student Fare Cards for use during FY24. This authorization is requested and approved by the Board of Education each year and enables approximately 55,000 students enrolled in public, charter, and nonpublic schools access to use SEPTA for public transportation to and from school.
SEPTA has recommended expanding the services available with the SEPTA Student Fare Card. They propose funding this enhancement by raising the weekly rate from $19.20 to $19.40, representing a 1% increase to the District. By doing so, the District can provide all eligible students with access to buses, subway, light rail, and regional rail. This will help address the concerns expressed by families about the weekly $10 cost of upgrading their child's Fare Card in order to use regional rail and the inconvenience of traveling to an approved SEPTA location to do so. The entire cost of the Student Fare Card is reimbursable through the State Transportation Subsidy.
This contract directly supports the Board of Education's Guardrail 1. The success of the contract with SEPTA will be measured by the availability of dependable, secure, public transportation for eligible students in FY23. Prior success has been measured by SEPTA’s ability to provide the resources that allow students access to the public transportation network.