New Jersey Transit customers on select bus routes are getting their first look at the future of fare payment technology.
As part of a pilot program beginning June 6, customers on several New Jersey Transit bus routes will be the first to use a new onboard ticket validation system, which scans the barcodes on Transit paper tickets and mobile tickets.
This program is the first step toward the future acceptance of contact-less payments on buses.
“We anticipate this technology will set the stage for the future use of new fare cards as well as open contact-less payments through credit and debit cards giving our customers more flexibility and convenience when paying exact fares,” New Jersey Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett said in a statement. “This is a very exciting development for bus customers.”
Customers traveling on bus routes numbers 871, 872, 873, 874, 875 and 880, which operate out of Transit’s Morris Garage, will be a part of the pilot program.
During this initial phase, customers can scan the barcode on paper or mobile tickets or passes when boarding. As customers board the bus, a validator located near the operator will display a “Welcome’’ message. The ticket or pass must be presented face up so the barcode can be scanned. Valid tickets or passes will display a green indicator with “Have A Nice Trip’’ featured.
This is another example of a series of recent digital advancements in fare collection, including the May launch of Access Link’s online cashless payment application, EZ Wallet, and the handheld scanner pilot conducted onboard Transit trains to automate fare collection and share real-time service information with crew members.