Date: Mar 20, 2001
Press Release Number: 38-2001
For the first time, PATH customers will be able to buy QuickCards on the Internet beginning Thursday, March 22, providing them with a convenient new option for purchasing the multi-trip cards that will provide deep discounts when a new fare structure takes effect on March 25.
Customers can buy the 11-, 20- and 40-trip QuickCards by accessing PATH\'s Web site at www.pathrail.com. Customers can buy up to three QuickCards at a time. The vendor, CDSNet, Inc., also will notify customers when their QuickCard is almost used up so they can buy a new one.
Beginning at 3 a.m. Sunday, March 25, the basic one-way PATH fare will be $1.50. Customers who buy an 11-trip QuickCard will pay $1.36 per trip; those who buy 20- or 40-trip QuickCards will pay $1.20 per trip. The cards are valid for 180 days.
\"The Internet provides us with an innovative way to make it easier for customers to buy a QuickCard without going to a vendor or a ticket vending machine,\" said PATH Director/General Manager Michael P. DePallo. \"This will allow our customers to have the convenience of making their purchase in the comfort of their home or office.\"
Both MasterCard and Visa credit cards will be accepted for payment and there will be no charge for shipping and handling. Once the order is placed, the QuickCards will be mailed to customers within five business days.
Information about the new fare structure also can be found on PATH\'s Web site 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.