- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia’s main transit agency is no longer allowing Regional Rail riders to buy tickets on trains if they’re leaving Philadelphia.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s new ticketing policy goes into effect Monday. Riders have to buy tickets at ticket offices prior to boarding.

SEPTA officials say the change was spurred by scheduling issues created by the loss of more than a 100 rail cars due to a structural defect.

Spokesman Andrew Busch says the agency received complaints about people getting free rides because conductors didn’t have time to check all tickets on overcrowded trains. Busch says the move should also speed boarding.

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