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Fare Increase and Policy Changes Effective May 1, 2010

A fare increase is required to help close a budget gap approaching $300 million next fiscal year.

Why is there a budget gap?

  • Federal stimulus and other federal funds, which were used in FY10, will not be available next year.
  • Fare revenue is down due to declining ridership.
  • Higher expenses due to inflation, higher fuel costs, contractual obligations and other factors.
  • State assistance will be lower due to a projected $11 billion State budget shortfall.

NJ TRANSIT has taken internal steps first, including:

  • Workforce reduction (layoffs)
  • Executive staff pay cut
  • Continue salary/hiring freeze
  • Spending freeze
  • Reduction in 401k agency contribution

Bus Fares

Rail Fares

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail

  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail fares will increase an average of 10 percent, subject to rounding.
  • The base fare will change from $1.90 to $2.10 and the base monthly pass from $58.00 to $64.00.
  • The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail ten-trip ticket discount will be discontinued, as of April 30, 2010. (Ten-trip tickets are valid for 20 days from date purchased.)
    Light Rail Fares

Newark Light Rail

  • Newark Light Rail fares will increase an average of 10 percent, subject to rounding.
  • The one-way fare will change from $1.35 to $1.50 and the monthly pass fare will change from $49.00 to $54.00.
    Light Rail Fares

River Line

  • River Line fares will increase an average of 10 percent, subject to rounding.
  • The one-way fare will change from $1.35 to $1.50 and the monthly pass fare will change from $45.00 to $50.00.
    Light Rail Fares