Date: Feb 21, 2001
Press Release Number: 21-2001
PATH riders 65 years of age or older are encouraged to apply for a special fare card providing deep discounts when PATH fares go up beginning March 25, Port Authority officials said today.
After PATH fares go up on March 25, the special fare card will allow senior citizens to pay $1 per trip, 50 cents less than the basic one-way fare.
Applications will be available starting today in all PATH stations, on the Port Authority\'s Web sites at www.pathrail.com or www.panynj.gov, or by calling 800 234-PATH and selecting No. 5 on the menu. Applicants must provide a copy of a government document such as a birth certificate, Medicare card or driver\'s license that shows proof of age. Two passport-size photos must be submitted with the application. The completed application also must be notarized. The senior fare cards will be valid for two years.
To obtain the discount, senior citizens can insert the special fare card in a slot in the PATH cash accepting machine, which is the machine used today by patrons who use cash to enter the PATH system. After inserting the card, it will accept the $1 fare.
The senior fare card is part of PATH\'s new fare structure, which provides incentives for regular users of PATH. It calls for the basic cash fare to be $1.50 one way. Customers who purchase an 11-trip card will pay $1.36 per trip, while those who buy 20- and 40-trip tickets will pay $1.20 per trip.