NJ Transit To Resume Cash Fares, Front Door Boarding On Buses Next Week

Erica Brosnan
July 30, 2020 - 8:10 pm

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    TRENTON (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Transit announced Thursday it will begin collection cash fares and have customers board buses using the front door next week. 

    The agency plans to resume normal bus procedures on August 3.

    As part of the "Your Ride to Recovery" program, the buses will have protective barriers installed around the bus operator aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, NJ Transit announced.

    Cash fares and front door boarding will remain temporarily suspended for buses without barriers installed, for now.

    In a statement, NJ Transit President and CEO Kevin Corbett said the barriers will be to protect both bus operators and customers and with their installation, the agency can safely collect fares on board buses again.

    The agency began accepting cash fares on NJ Transit trains on July 6.

    “I am confident that by using best practices and health guidelines, we’ve taken the necessary steps to resume these services as safely as possible,” Corbett said.

    Customers are still strongly encouraged to purchase tickets prior to boarding by using the NJ Transit mobile app or ticket vending machines.

    Any customer opting to use cash is strongly encouraged to have exact change to minimize contact with operators, the agency added.

    All NJ Transit staff and customers are still required to wear a face mask at all times on platforms, vehicles and in stations. 

    There is also no eating or drinking onboard vehicles to ensure masks remain on customer’s faces at all times.

    Riders are asked to be cognizant of social distancing guidelines and remain six feet from other passengers when possible. 

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