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Senator Larry FarneseOpening of “The Yard”

On September 27, I joined members of the community in Northern Liberties for the opening of “The Yard”, a public outdoor space that the neighborhood can use for many years to come. This project would not have been accomplished without the vision and hard work of so many volunteers. I was happy to help make this dream a reality by providing financial assistance for the project through the Commonwealth.

Columbus DayColumbus Day Parade – Sunday, October 7, 2018

I am happy to be participating in the Columbus Day Parade on October 7th, featuring Jimmy Darren as the Grand Marshall. The parade will begin at noon on Broad and Morris Streets and will end at the Festival at Marconi Plaza. This event is an annual tradition for the South Philadelphia community and I am happy to be able to keep that going by providing financial assistance through the Commonwealth. 

SEPTA Updates

SEPTA Key Reduce Fare ID Cards Required to Receive Discounted Fare Starting October 1st

Reduced Transit FeesSEPTA is reminding customers that paper Reduced Fare Transit ID Cards (orange and green paper cards) will stop being accepted at the end of the service day on Sunday, September 30. Starting Monday, October 1, Riders with disabilities who are eligible for discounted fares will have to use the new SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Photo ID Card with money in the Travel Wallet feature.

SEPTA has been transitioning customers eligible for Reduced Fares to the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare ID Card since last year.  Over 24,500 riders have received these cards, and SEPTA is encouraging those who have not applied for their new cards to do so as soon as possible.  Once an application is submitted, cards will be delivered in the mail within two-to-four weeks.
SEPTA has two locations where customers can apply for the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare ID Cards:

  • SEPTA Headquarters (lower lobby), 1234 Market Street: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Suburban Station-Accessible Travel Center: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Customers eligible for Reduced Fare pay half the regular fare for travel on SEPTA.  The switch to the SEPTA Key does not change requirements or eligibility for participation in the program.  For program guidelines, customers can visit or call CCT Customer Service at (215) 580-7145.
Once customers receive their SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Photo ID Card in the mail, they are ready to begin loading funds onto their Travel Wallet using one of four options:

  • In-person at any SEPTA transit or Center City Regional Rail sales office
  • At Fare Kiosks at all Market-Frankford and Broad Street Line Stations and Major Bus Loops
  • Call the Key Customer Service Center at (855) 567-3782
  • Go online to the Key ecommerce website, (Note: Please call the Key Customer Service Center first at (855) 567-3782 to set up a username and password)

With Travel Wallet funds loaded, Reduced Fare customers are ready for convenient tap-and-go travel using the SEPTA Key validators on all transit routes, including bus, trolley, trackless trolley, and the Market-Frankford, Broad Street and Norristown High Speed Lines. On Regional Rail, the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Photo ID Card can be presented to the conductor with the discounted cash fare. Customers traveling from any of the Center City stations weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. must purchase a half fare ticket before going through the turnstiles.

For more information about SEPTA Key, visit

LGBT History Month Upcoming Events

LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month. Throughout the month, group and attractions across the city will celebrate the occasion with festivals and other events.

For more information and event details, click here.

Philadelphia OutFest – Sunday, October 7, 2018

Philadelphia OutFest will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from Noon-6 p.m. This is the country’s largest National Coming Out Day celebration. The Gayborhood streets will be filled with drag shows, bar crawls, shopping, live music, and plenty of rainbow flags.

For more information, click here.

Chinatown Ye Shi Night MarketChinatown Ye Shi Night Market – Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Ye Shi Night Market returns to Chinatown on Thursday, October 11th from 7-11 p.m. Local food trucks will join Chinatown’s restaurants for alfresco dining. Guest can look forward to delicious food and spirited performances while exploring the neighborhood.

For more information and details, click here.

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents Romeo and Juliet – October 11 thru October 21, 2018

Pennsylvania Ballet brings Shakespeare’s classic tale of Romeo and Juliet to life on the stage at the Academy of Music this October. The ballet will run from October 11th - October 21, 2018 on select days.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Philly Cheesesteak and Food Fest – Saturday, October 13, 2018

Philly Cheesesteak and Food Fest will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 1-6 p.m. The theme of the day is classic Philly fare. The event will have plenty of cheesesteaks to choose from, as well as, roast pork sandwiches, water ice, soft pretzels, live entertainment, a craft beer garden, and kid’s zone.

For more information and tickets, 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

Chinatown Ye Shi Night Market Pennsylvania Ballet Presents, Romeo and Juliet – October 11 thru October 21, 2018 Philly Cheesesteak and Food Fest LGBT History Month