- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

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

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/2aBbmJT ) the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority made the announcement Thursday. The new ticketing policy goes into effect Monday. The temporary change means that riders will have to buy tickets at ticket offices prior to boarding.

SEPTA officials say the change was spurred by the 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 passengers’ tickets on overcrowded trains.

Busch says the move should also speed boarding and get trains out of stations more quickly.

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