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Open House on Addiction – September 10, 2018

On September 10 from 6-8pm, State Senator Larry Farnese will be holding an Open House on Addiction, at Broad Street Ministry located at 315 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Join us for an informational open house for those suffering from any form of substance addiction and for their family, friends and neighbors. Resources include a Narcan administration demo, counseling and foster care services, safe prescription disposal bags and much more. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!

For more information, visit my website or contact my office at (215) 952-3121.

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Housing Available for Young Adults

Gloria Casarez Residence Download Application The Gloria Casarez Residence at 1315 North 8th Street, an LGBTQ-friendly community, is offering 30 subsidized units of supportive housing to young adults (age 18 to 23 upon move-in) who are at-risk of homelessness or are currently or formerly homeless.

Applications are available TODAY!

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The application period is from 08/15/2018 to 09/15/2018

Applications Accepted For General Assistance

Applications Accepted For General Assistance

Following our big victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last month, applications are now being accepted for General Assistance for extremely low-income Pennsylvanians.

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SEPTA Updates

Key Card Purchase Fee & Fee Reimbursement

As of May 4th, 2018, purchase of a SEPTA Key Card cost a fee of $4.95. You can purchase a Key Card, along with a SEPTA Transit fair at any SEPTA Sales Office or Fare Kiosk. If your card is registered within 30 days of purchase, the $4.95 fee will automatically be applied to your Card Travel Wallet. By registering your Card, it is protected against loss or theft. Register your Card online at or by phone at the Key Customer Call Center (1-855-567-3782). For more information, click here.

Sale of Paper Transfers has been Discontinued Effective August 1, 2018

The sale of paper transfers for continuing travel on buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, and subways has been discontinued permanently at the end of service on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. As of August 1, 2018, customers must have a SEPTA Key Card with money loaded on the Travel Wallet. For more information, click here.

September 1st – Seniors to Ride Free on Regional Rail | Paper Card IDs Phased Out

SEPTA reminds seniors that the PA Senior Citizen Transit ID Cards (yellow and blue paper cards) are being phased out.  Effective September 1st, seniors will need a SEPTA Key Senior ID Card or a valid Pennsylvania Driver's License or Non-Driver Photo ID with a magnetic strip on the back (issued prior to July 2017) to receive the Senior fare discount.

SEPTA has also extended weekday hours at our Headquarters Building (Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM) and Suburban Station’s Accessible Travel Center (M-F; 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) where same-day cards are issued. 

Seniors who have not yet signed up to get their new SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card can also do so at the offices of many local elected officials, including state senators and representatives and Philadelphia City Council members. Registration is also available at the Transportation Management Associations (TMA) of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Please allow four weeks for delivery of the card.

To receive a SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card, applicants must fill out an application and show one of the following forms of identification:

  • Pennsylvania Driver/Non-Driver ID
  • Birth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate
  • Yellow PACE Card (Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the elderly)
  • Statement of Age Verification from the U.S. Social Security Administration
  • Armed Forces Discharge/Separation Papers
  • Resident Alien Card or Passport/Naturalization Papers

Seniors Traveling on Regional Rail
The phase out of the paper cards coincides with the start of an additional benefit for Seniors.  Starting September 1st, the $1.00 fee for Regional Rail rides for travel within Pennsylvania will be eliminated. Discounted half-fares will remain in place for seniors traveling to-and-from New Jersey and Delaware. SEPTA’s Senior Free Ride Program for travel on Transit is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery.

As many senior Regional Rail customers pre-purchase discounted 10-trip strips of tickets ($8.50/$.85 per ticket), SEPTA will provide refunds to those who have unused tickets after Sept. 1. Refunds will be issued at the rate of $.85 per ticket. Customers can obtain a refund by mailing the original tickets along with their mailing address to: SEPTA Senior Ticket Refunds, PO Box 58609, Philadelphia, PA 19102-8609. Requests for refunds must be mailed no later than Dec. 31, 2018.

For more information about the SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID, visit, or call SEPTA Customer Service at (215) 580-7800.

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Fall Transit Schedules

New schedules for most City, Suburban, and Victory Transit divisions are now in effect. Most changes to schedules include adjustments to run times to accommodate fall service levels and to improve customer service.  Customers should check the 2018 Fall Transit Schedule page for a summary of major route changes and to view and download new schedules.

Schedules will change for ALL transit routes except for Bus Routes 310, 311 and LUCY (those routes will use their current schedules).  The fall schedule for Bus Route 91 will not go into effect until September 1.  Customers on all routes are encouraged to consult updated schedules before starting their trips.  New schedules are available at SEPTA customer locations and online at:

Major Changes for the Fall 2018 Schedules include:

  • Route 6: New trip times will take effect Sunday, August 26, 2018 to better improve customer wait times and service reliability
  • Route 40: Enhanced Weekday service takes effect Sunday, August 26, 2018
  • Route 60: New trip times will take effect Sunday, August 26, 2018 to better improve customer wait times and service reliability.
  • Route 66: A special schedule to accommodate a temporary detour in the area of Blakiston St. - Torresdale Ave. - to Rhawn St. will be in effect beginning Sunday, August 26 and continuing until Saturday, September 8, 2018
  • Route 80: New trip times will take effect Sunday, August 26, 2018 to better improve customer wait times and service reliability
  • Route 88: Now serving Frankford Ave. and Gregg Loop
  • Route 131: Now serving Egypt Rd. and Shannondell Blvd. Click here for the map. New service on Sundays and extended evening hours. Click here for the notice in English and click here for the notice in Spanish.
  • Broad Street Line: August 26, 2018 schedule notes new station name NRG Station (formerly AT&T Station)

Riders can also access real-time service information by using the official SEPTA App, which is available as a free download for both Apple and Android devices, and by following the @SEPTA Twitter feed.  Full details on the App are available at:

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SEPTA Key Regional Rail “Early Adopters” Program

SEPTA welcomes more Regional Rail customers to the future of fare payment with the continuation of the SEPTA Key Regional Rail "Early Adopters" Program in September.  The “Early Adopters” phase allows SEPTA to begin sharing the benefits of the Key with Regional Rail riders while work continues on system-wide implementation.  Customers who travel to-and-from one of 19 selected Zone 4 stations can acquire a SEPTA Key Card and purchase a Zone 4 TrailPass.

New in September, customers traveling to and from the 19 participating Zone 4 Stations will be able to purchase Monthly or Weekly TrailPasses.

  • September Monthly Zone 4 TrailPasses go on sale starting August 20th
  • September Weekly Zone 4 TrailPasses go on sale starting August 29th (for Pass valid for Week of September 3)

Customers who use the stations listed below on the Lansdale/Doylestown, Paoli/Thorndale, Trenton and West Trenton Lines are eligible to participate in the Early Adopters program:

  • Lansdale/Doylestown Regional Rail Line: Doylestown, New Britain, Chalfont, Colmar, Fortuna, 9th Street, Lansdale, Pennbrook, North Wales, Delaware Valley University and Link Belt
  • Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail Line: Thorndale, Downingtown, Whitford and Malvern
  • Trenton Line Regional Rail Line: Bristol
  • West Trenton Regional Rail Line: Yardley, Woodbourne and Langhorne.

SEPTA is bringing the Mobile Fare Kiosk truck out to the Early Adopter Stations for events where customers will be able to purchase a Key Card, buy a Zone 4 TrailPass, and register their new Card to protect it in the event of loss or theft.  Key Cards will also be available for purchase at SEPTA Regional Rail Sales Offices at Center City Stations.

The SEPTA Key Mobile Fare Kiosk will be out between 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the following Zone 4 Stations for SEPTA Key Card purchase and registration events:



New Britain

Friday, August 24

9th Street

Monday, August 27

Delaware Valley University

Tuesday, August 28


Wednesday, August 29

As part of the preparations for the Early Adopters launch, the new Key turnstiles and ADA gates have been activated at all Center City Rail stations (30th Street, Suburban, Jefferson, Temple and University City).  The turnstiles will accommodate tap-and-go travel with the SEPTA Key Card, and customers with legacy TrailPasses can swipe through the turnstiles.  Customer attendants will also collect paper tickets at the gates between 6:00 AM and 8:00 PM Monday-Friday.  Conductors will use handheld devices to validate Monthly TrailPasses loaded on SEPTA Key Cards.

Please Note: Regional Rail TrailPass transactions will not be available at Fare Kiosks during the initial rollout, but customers will be able to reload Monthly TrailPasses online at or by calling the SEPTA Key Customer Service Center at (855) 567-3782.  When the Key Card program for Regional Rail expands, customers will be able to purchase Weekly TrailPasses, add funds to the Travel Wallet, and TrailPass purchases will be expanded to Zone 1, 2, and 3 riders.  Until then all existing fare instruments, including magnetic stripe passes and paper tickets, will remain available for purchase until further notice. 

Upcoming Events

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show – September 14th-16th, 2018Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show

Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts show will be a three-day art fest, from September 14th-16th, that will be showcasing over 140 artists from around the country. Vendors will showcase photography, sculptures, prints and acrylics.

For more information, click here.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon Series – September 15th-16th, 2018

Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon Series The Rock ‘N’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon returns on September 15th and 16th to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. LIVE music will serve as the backdrop for the annual event, hosting more music and community events than ever before. This event is open to athletes of all levels, and will be comprised of a half marathon, a 5K and a 10K.

For more information, click here.

Mexican Independence Day Festival – Sunday, September 16, 2018

The PECO Multicultural Series will conclude for the season with the Mexican Independence Day celebration at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing. Local vendors and performers will come together to celebrate Mexico’s independence through food, music and crafts.

For more information, click here.

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese | Contact Me
1802 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
Fax: 215-952-3155
543 Main Capitol | Box 203001
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
Phone: 717-787-5662
Fax: 717-787-4531

Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon Series