CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) -- Newly announced fare changes by PATCO will affect thousands of commuters that use the high-speed line connecting southern New Jersey to Philadelphia.

(Townsquare Media NJ)

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports PATCO fare cards will work on SEPTA's upcoming smart-card system, but the current 50-cent discount for transfers will be eliminated.

PATCO's electronic Freedom card will be compatible with SEPTA's new Key fare system once it is operational later this year.

A committee of PATCO officials authorized managers to negotiate the interoperability with SEPTA on Wednesday. The full board is expected to approve the arrangement June 17.

The PATCO board also approved a special fare plan for Pope Francis's visit to Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27. A one-day pass will be sold for $5, and a two-day pass for $10.

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