Cash collection and front-door boarding will resume on some NJ Transit buses starting Monday.
During the pandemic, the agency took measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including limiting cash exchanges and using rear-boarding, when possible, to limit contact with drivers.
In recent weeks, protective barriers have been installed on buses and work is continuing in order to outfit the system’s fleet. Vehicles with those in place will resume front-door boarding and cash ticket payments.
“Now that we’ve installed hundreds of protective barriers near Bus Operators to protect both Bus Operators and customers, we can safely and efficiently resume the collection of cash fares,” said NJ TRANSIT President and CEO Kevin Corbett in a statement.
On July 6, the agency began cash fare collections on trains, along with a return to the normal schedule.
Meanwhile, efforts are being made to increase opportunities to limit cash collection and expand contactless payment options throughout the system. In recent weeks and months, NJ Transit announced new contactless payment machines that are available in certain stations and light rail tickets can now be bought on the NJ Transit mobile app.
Along the Raritan Valley Line, train conductors are now equipped with mobile devices to scan paper and electronic tickets.
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