NJ, NYC transit trying new payment method


June 1, 2010 3:52:24 PM PDT
There's a new way to pay fares on some bus and subway lines in New York and New Jersey.

The MTA is hoping to make it faster and easier for commuters to pay.

It's a Tap and Go payment system using Mastercard.

"It's the same card that allows you to go to the store. It's the same card that allows you to go to the movies. It is the same card that allows you to get on the transit system," Jay Walder, MTA Chairman & Ceo, said.

On several routes, riders can tap sensors with specially marked credit or debit cards, cell phones or key chains to pay.

The trial payments from now through the end of November can be found on the Lexington Avenue line (4,5,6) and eight bus lines in the city (M14, M23, M79, M86, M101, M102, M103, and BXM7). NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are also trying out tap-and-go payments. Eleven PATH Stations, excluding only the Christopher and 9th Street stations, and three bus routes (6, 80, 87) will be participating.

Riders can use a Mastercard PayPass or other contactless payment-enabled card or device to take advantage of the experiment.

Familiar tickets and MetroCards still work on the lines.

To learn more about the program, please visit: www.ridenynj.com