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New Card Tested on PATH and NJ Transit

PATH and New Jersey Transit want to create a single fare card that riders can use on both systems.

Friday, February 22, 2008

REPORTER: The Port Authority, which owns the PATH, says it had enlisted MasterCard Worldwide to test a "contactless card" that riders would tap against the fare box to pay their way.

The card would work at PATH stations and on 2 connecting New Jersey Transit bus routes.

PA Chairman Tony Coscia says the card or one like it could work on the subways too.

COSCIA: We're optimistic about what we have seen in the initial presentations and testing of this to think that this may in fact be a new form of travelling throughout the region.

REPORTER: The 8 month pilot program should be up and running early next year. The MTA has run a similar trial on the Lexington Ave. subway line for the past 2 years.

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