Cash collection and gate boarding will resume on select NJ Transit buses from Monday.
During the pandemic, the agency took steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including limiting cash exchanges and using, where possible, rear boarding to limit contact with drivers.
In recent weeks, protective barriers have been installed on buses and work continues to equip the fleet with the system. Vehicles with those in place will resume boarding at the front gate and cash ticket payments, although exact change is always preferred, an agency official said.
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“Now that we have installed hundreds of protective barriers near bus operators to protect both bus operators and customers, we can safely and efficiently resume collecting cash tickets,” said Kevin Corbett, President and CEO of NJ TRANSIT, in a statement.
On July 6, the agency began collecting cash tickets on the trains, as well as a return to the normal schedule.
Meanwhile, efforts are being made to increase opportunities to limit cash collection and expand contactless payment options across the system. Over the past few weeks and months, NJ Transit has announced new contactless payment machines available at select stations and light rail tickets can now be purchased on the NJ Transit mobile app.
Along the Raritan Valley Line, train drivers are now equipped with mobile devices to scan paper and electronic tickets.
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