PATH To Install New Tap & Go Payment System

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                                                                                                                                PATH SYSTEM TO INSTALL NEXT GENERATION, “TAP AND GO” FARE PAYMENT TECHNOLOGY

$100 Million Investment Will Enable Customers to Use Contactless Mobile Devices or Debit/Credit Cards at Turnstiles

System Will Be Similar to MTA’s New OMNY

The PATH commuter rail system connecting New York and New Jersey is expected to implement the next generation of contactless fare payment and collection technology, allowing riders to “tap and go” with their mobile devices and credit/debit cards. The new system will be similar to the MTA’s One Metro New York (OMNY).

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners will be asked to give final approval at its meeting this Thursday to enter into a contract with Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc. to complete the design and installation of the new contactless PATH fare payment system. The contract would include software development and installation, the purchase and installation of required equipment and upgrades, and the implementation of all backroom processing capabilities necessary to support the new system. 

The next generation system will enable customers to use their mobile devices or any contactless credit/debit card at PATH turnstiles, without relying on PATH-issued fare cards or pay-per-ride MetroCards.

“PATH is continually searching for innovative ways to enhance the travel experience for all of our riders,” said PATH General Manager/Director Clarelle DeGraffe. “With this new system, we’ll be adopting the most current and effective technology to advance that goal and make for a more seamless experience at the turnstile.”

The estimated cost for the new system is $99.4 million, which includes earlier Board-approved expenditures for planning and early preparation work in the amount of $40.6 million. Once the new system is operational, Cubic also will provide operational and maintenance services at an annual cost of $5.1 million over the course of the first six years of operations, PATH having the option to extend the operation and services with Cubic for two, five-year periods at a cost of $6.6 million per year. In addition, it will continue to provide administrative services for fare payment software and equipment.

Installation of the new system is not expected to cause any disruption to service. The new equipment will be phased in while the current system remains operational. The new system is scheduled to begin a pilot phase at select stations by the middle of 2023 and phased rollout to be implemented in the second half of 2023.

The current fare payment system, installed in 2007, is antiquated and forces PATH riders to use a physical fare card such as a SmartLink card or pay-per-ride MetroCard with no option to use their mobile device or credit/debit card. When the new system is operational, customers of both PATH and the MTA will be able to use their phones, credit or debit cards for both systems to travel between New York and New Jersey.

The new fare payment system will also create a PATH fare card, similar to the current SmartLink card, which will sunset in 2024, for passengers who wish to use that method of payment.

PATH reported three million riders in September 2021, which was down 56 percent from September 2019. Ridership increased 12 percent from August 2021.  Pre-pandemic, the 2019 average daily weekday ridership on PATH reached a record 284,380.

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