Date: Mar 13, 2001
Press Release Number: 32-2001
New NJ Transit/PATH ticket vending machines that accept debit/credit cards will be installed in six of the most heavily used PATH stations this month to make it easier for customers to purchase multiple-trip PATH tickets and receive discounts when a new fare structure takes effect on March 25.
The additional ticket vending machines - in the 33rd Street, Journal Square, Exchange Place, Grove Street, Hoboken and Pavonia-Newport stations - will help deal with a projected increase in QuickCard use after the fare increase takes effect. Currently, only the two NJ Transit/PATH ticket machines located in the World Trade Center accept credit cards.
In addition, QuickCards will be available from 16 vendors located at stations on the PATH system. And PATH QuickCards also are available in NJ Transit vending machines located at NJ Transit rail stations throughout northern New Jersey.
\"Currently, about 42 percent of PATH customers use QuickCards, and we believe that number will double when the new fare structure takes effect,\" said PATH Director/General Manager Michael P. DePallo. \"Our primary focus is to expand the options for customers to buy QuickCards so they can take advantage of these discounts.
\"In addition to the ticket machines and vendor outlets, we are continuing to explore other options to make it more convenient for those who use our system to buy QuickCards,\" Mr. DePallo said. Beginning at 3 a.m. on Sunday, March 25, the basic one-way PATH fare will be $1.50. Customers who buy an 11-trip QuickCard will pay $1.36 one-way; and those who buy 20- or 40-trip QuickCards will pay $1.20 one-way.
To provide additional information to customers about the upcoming fare increase, brochures will be placed in all PATH stations this week to answer questions frequently asked by PATH customers.
Information about the toll and fare increase also can be found on PATH\'s Web site at www.pathrail.com, or by calling 800 234-PATH. Customers with hearing impairments can call 800 728-4225.
Funds from the upcoming fare increase will be used to support PATH\'s five-year capital plan, which calls for purchasing new PATH cars, updating the signals to make the system more efficient, renovations to PATH stations and a new fare collection system.
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