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SEPTA vendor for papal transit passes gets $500K a year

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 24, 2015 9:29 AM
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 (Philadelphia) --  Philadelphia's mass transit system is paying $500,000 a year for a company to build a site to sell special transit passes for Pope Francis' September visit.

CapTech Consulting Inc. was awarded a three-year $1.5 million contract in March to perform information technology services for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

SEPTA officials are considering hiring another vendor to sell the passes if CapTech can't solve the problems. Spokeswoman Jerri Williams says SEPTA will decide by Monday whether to hire another vendor.

A CapTech spokeswoman declined to comment on the work for the papal passes.

Passengers who don't have the passes won't be permitted on trains on Sept. 26-27.

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