SEPTA has delayed the pilot test of its New Payment Technology system, officials said.
Spokesman Andrew Busch said the company had planned to test the new system this month, but due to equipment failure the test was rescheduled for October.
"In terms of the project timeline for what customers are going to see, we're still on schedule to start rolling that out on subways, buses and trolleys in the spring (2014) and the regional rail would follow in the fall," he said.
NPT will replace SEPTA's current token-based payment system in 2014. Under NPT, customers will pay for each fare individually with smart cards purchased from vending machines. NFC-enabled smartphones and certain bank cards can also be used for fare purchases.