Stop me if you have heard this before...

And the beat goes on...

SEPTA has postponed for a third time its deadline for a "smart-card" fare system.

The latest deadline is Aug. 18, five months later than the original March 17 requirement for manufacturers to submit proposals for an electronic system to replace tokens and paper tickets for its buses, subways, trolleys, and trains.

With a smart card, passengers would be able to wave a card at a sensor on a turnstile or fare box and be on their way.

SEPTA says it wants a system that will allow passengers to use credit cards, prepaid SEPTA cards, and even cell phones to pay for their trips.

And the beat goes on...

What is another few months among friends?! SEPTA should delay implementing a smart card system until the smart card system tells you how far away the train is, gives you movies reviews, and does your laundry.

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