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Main, Bergen County & Pascack Valley Lines: Metro-North Fare Change Effective March 1, 2013 Will Also Affect Certain NJ TRANSIT Fares
February 06, 2013


At some stations on the Main, Bergen County and Pascack Valley lines, NJ TRANSIT fares are influenced by Metro-North fares in New York State.  At times when NJ TRANSIT fares would otherwise be higher than Metro-North fares, an automatic agreement is triggered that “holds down” NJ TRANSIT fares, with Metro-North reimbursing NJ TRANSIT for the difference. 

This agreement keeps ticket prices consistent with distance traveled, and ensures that revenue is collected by the appropriate railroad. 

Currently, fares at selected stations on the Main, Bergen County and Pascack Valley lines are lower than trips of similar distance on other NJ TRANSIT rail lines. 

On Friday, March 1, 2013, Metro-North fares will increase, automatically triggering an adjustment to NJ TRANSIT fares at stations where a “hold down” has been in effect.  The following is a list of affected stations:

View fare chart here.

Main/Bergen County Line     
  Pascack Valley Line 
Suffern 
  Montvale
Mahwah   Park Ridge
Ramsey Rt. 17 
  Woodcliff Lake
Ramsey Main Street   Hillsdale
Allendale   Westwood
Waldwick (10-Trip ORT only)
  Emerson (10-Trip ORT only)
Ho-Ho-Kus(10-Trip ORT only)   Oradell (ORT fare only)
Ridgewood (ORT fare only)    
Glen Rock (ORT fare only)    

(ORT = off-peak round trip fare)    
         
At some stations, not all ticket types (e.g. one-way, 10-trip, etc.) are affected.  No other NJ TRANSIT fares will change. 

If you have any questions, please call NJ TRANSIT Customer Service at (973) 275-5555.


                                               Metro-North Fare Change FAQ

Q: Why is my fare increasing March 1, 2013?

At times when NJ TRANSIT fares would otherwise be higher than Metro-North fares, an automatic agreement is triggered that “holds down” NJ TRANSIT fares, with Metro-North reimbursing NJ TRANSIT for the difference. On March 1, 2013, Metro-North fares will increase, automatically triggering an adjustment to NJ TRANSIT fares at stations where a “hold down” has been in effect.

Q: Does this mean I’ll now pay more than customers on other lines?

No. NJ TRANSIT fares are influenced by Metro-North fares in New York State at certain stations along the Main, Bergen County and Pascack Valley Lines. This means that some customers on these lines pay less for trips of a similar distancethan customers on other NJ TRANSIT rail lines. For example, a 14-zone one-way trip on the Northeast Corridor to New York today costs $13.00, while a 14-zone trip on the Main/Bergen County Line to New York only costs $12.25. Effective March1 increase, a 14-zone trip on the Main/Bergen County Line to New York will cost $13.00, which is equal to the cost on other rail lines for similar-distance trips.

Q: What is the purpose of “hold-down” fares?

The “hold-down” agreement between Metro-North and NJ TRANSIT keeps ticket prices consistent with distance traveled, and ensures that revenue is collected by the appropriate railroad. Theoretically, in a fare system based on distance traveled, Metro-North fares to/from stations in New York State would always be higher than NJ TRANSIT fares, since Metro-North stations are farther away from Hoboken and New York Penn Station than stations in New Jersey. However, when NJ TRANSIT fares increase and Metro-North fares do not, ticket prices from some stations on the Main, Bergen County and Pascack Valley lines can become higher than Metro-North fares. If fares at New Jersey stations were not held down, customers would be able to purchase a ticket for a less expensive trip to/from a station farther north for use at their regular station. For example, a customer could purchase a ticket for a Tuxedo-Hoboken trip at a lower fare and use it for a more expensive Mahwah-Hoboken trip. Because Metro-North collects 100 percent of all ticket sales at stations west of Suffern, the hold-down fares protect NJ TRANSIT’s, hence the tax-payers, revenue stream.

Q: Will my station be affected by this change?

The following stations will be affected:

Main/Bergen County Line     

Pascack Valley Line 
Suffern 

Montvale
Mahwah
Park Ridge
Ramsey Rt. 17 

Woodcliff Lake
Ramsey Main Street
Hillsdale
Allendale
Westwood
Waldwick (10-Trip ORT only)

Emerson (10-Trip ORT only)
Ho-Ho-Kus(10-Trip ORT only)
Oradell (ORT fare only)
Ridgewood (ORT fare only)

Glen Rock (ORT fare only)

(ORT = off-peak round trip fare )

At some stations, not all ticket types (e.g. one-way, 10-trip, etc.) are affected. No other NJ TRANSIT fares will change.

Q: When will Quik-Tik customers be billed at the new fare?

March Quik-Tik orders mailed in February will be invoiced at the new fare levels.

Q: How will Commuter Benefit Programs be affected?

Customers traveling from the affected stations and using Commuter Benefit Programs may wish to update their payroll deduction in anticipation of the new fares.