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Customers With Paper or Mobile Tickets Will Scan Them At Onboard Validators To Speed Boarding Process

April 3, 2024

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT is enhancing the boarding process on buses to become more effortless with “Tap, Scan, Ride.”  Beginning Saturday, April 6, customers on all buses will scan their paper or mobile tickets at the onboard validator reducing the time it takes to board.  It’s quick and easy for bus customers to simply “Tap” their contactless payment card or mobile device wallet or “Scan” their ticket and “Ride!”   

Beginning Saturday, April 6, NJ TRANSIT bus operators will no longer handle or validate printed or electronic tickets that contain a scannable barcode. Customers will be required to scan all tickets and passes using the onboard validator or pay their fare upon boarding by tapping a contactless payment card or mobile device wallet or paying in cash. If your ticket does not have a printed barcode for scanning, the ticket should be presented to the bus operator for validation and collection.

As customers board the bus, a validator near the operator will display an image depicting scanning the barcode.  Using barcoded paper and mobile tickets/passes, customers will scan the barcode of their ticket at the validator. The validator will turn green to confirm a valid ticket and the customer can proceed to ride.  Customers can dispose of the ticket after arriving at their destination and do not have to provide it to the operator. Once a ticket has been scanned it is no longer valid and cannot be used again. The validator will turn red when a previously used ticket is scanned and will not be valid for transportation.   

Customers using contactless payment will tap their card and then tell the operator how many zones they are traveling to make the payment. 

There are no changes to the process for customers paying with cash.

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NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 925,000 weekday trips on 263 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 166 rail stations, 62 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.