New Jersey Transit on Thursday introduced its new mobile ticketing application, MyTix, as part of a pilot program. The app is available for free download on Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating systems.
Customers can use the app to purchase one-way tickets and monthly passes on their mobile devices for travel on the Pascack Valley Line, which has stations in Spring Valley, Nanuet and Pearl River in Rockland. Riders can use the train to get to Penn Station in Manhattan by transferring at Secaucus Junction, Hoboken, or the Meadowlands for concerts, sports and other special events.
“The mobile ticketing app will give Pascack Valley Line customers, and eventually all of our rail customers, the ability to treat their smart phones as both a ticket vending machine and rail ticket or pass all in one, providing for a seamless travel experience,” NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein said in a statement.
After installing the app, customers must create an account, which will save their profile information and history of ticket purchases.
Tickets must be activated before you board the train and displayed to train crews upon request. One-way tickets expire two hours after you activate them while monthly passes self-activate on the first day of the calendar month and stay that way for the rest of the month.
Customers transferring at Secaucus Junction need to scan the ticket barcode on the fare gate readers to pass through the gates.
NJ Transit said it’s piloting the program on the Pascack Valley Line because it has a smaller customer base and more consistent rail crew and equipment assignments. Many of its commuters also get off at Secaucus Junction allowing the mobile ticketing technology to be tested there.
The agency will test and evaluate the app, which was designed with input from customers and rail employees, for three months. After that, it will decide whether to expand it to include other rail lines and make any needed adjustments.
“Although the initial pilot is for our Pascack Valley and Meadowlands Rail Line customers, our ultimate goal is to put this technology into the hands of all of our rail customers,” NJ Transit Board Chairman James Simpson said in a statement.
The agency hopes to have the app serving its entire rail system by the end of the year.
For more information on MyTix, click here.
Metro-North Railroad is also seeking to develop an e-ticketing app for its riders.
Photo #1: The new HTC One smartphone, which belongs to the big camp of smartphones running Google Inc.’s Android software. (AP Photo/HTC)
Photo #2: A NJ Transit train arrives at the Nanuet train station in Dec. 2007. (Vincent DiSalvio/The Journal News)