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PHILADELPHIA. SEPTA riders will see fares go up starting July 1 after the agency’s board voted 10-2 in favor of the increase on Thursday.

Regional Rail riders will pay about 8 to 9 percent more, while fares for bus, trolley and subway customers will increase about 6 percent. The base fare stays at $2. The last fare hike was in 2007.

Board members Thomas Babcock and Daniel Kubik, both of Delaware County, were the two ‘no’ votes. Philadelphia’s two representatives, Rina Cutler and Beverly Coleman, were both absent.

“I had a fundamental disagreement with it and I’d rather not comment on it,” Babcock said after the meeting. “No rancor there or anything.”

Doug Oliver, Mayor Nutter’s press secretary, said Cutler and Coleman were unable to attend for personal reasons, but both supported the increase.

Also starting July 1, off-peak daytime fares will be eliminated for Regional Rail customers and transfers will increase from 75 cents to $1.

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