Philly Announces Progress of New Zero Fare Two-Year Transit Pilot Program

  • Date: 10/04/2023

City officials and program partners provided an update and additional information about Zero Fare, a new City-funded transit access pilot program that uses automatic enrollment to eliminate barriers for residents with low incomes in accessing this public transit benefit.

Zero Fare was launched in August of 2023 as a two-year pilot program developed and managed by the City’s Managing Director’s Office in partnership with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and community-based partners.

Mayor Kenney first announced the program while presenting the proposed FY24 budget in March of 2023, as one of several programs and investments designed to offer relief to households with low incomes and promote equitable growth and opportunity. City Council approved $62 million in the budget to develop and implement the pilot program.

In a recent City community needs assessment, 39 percent of Philadelphia residents in poverty cited transportation as their biggest obstacle to finding and sustaining employment.

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