A fare increase is going into effect for riders on the transit system serving Philadelphia and its suburbs.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's fare increase goes into effect Monday for riders on its trains, subways, buses and trolleys. The cost of a token will go from $1.55 to $1.80 and cash fares on transit lines will go up from $2 to $2.25. Riders on regional rail lines will see a variety of increases, ranging from 25 cents to $2.

A "smart-card" electronic fare collection system is set to start in the fall.

SEPTA announced the increases in March and says it's the first hike in three years. The increases are expected to bring in $25 million in additional revenue for the cash-strapped agency.

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