Cash Only: NJ Transit Temporarily Not Accepting Credit and Debit Cards

NJ Transit ticket machines are down for the time being, only accepting cash and coins as payment.

On Monday morning, long lines formed at the Walnut Street and Bay Street train stations as commuters tried to purchase tickets.

Hurried commuters repeatedly inserted their debit and credit cards into the machines, to no avail. Ticket machines at both stops were not accepting debit or credit cards. Only coins and bills were being accepted.

“This is unbelievable,” said one commuter, a mother of two who had just rushed from Hillside Elementary school to the Walnut Street station.

“I should have bought my ticket last night,” said another woman at Bay Street.

The story was similar at New York Penn Station; the row of NJ Transit ticket machines were only accepting coins and bills — no credit or debit cards.

A representative at NJ Transit said the issue is the result of problems with the Verizon phone lines. So far, there is no word on when the machines will be working again.

Fortunately, commuters will be allowed to purchase tickets on the train with cash without facing extra penalty charges.

Commuters can download the NJ Transit MyTix app and purchase their tickets electronically with credit or debit. One way, round-trip and weekly pases are available.

Bob Gilson June 16, 2014 at 12:51 PM
As of 12:50 pm today the problem is not listed on the NJ Transit website or has a travel advisory gone out. I am so glad that NJ Transit is working hard to improve communications.
Barbara June 16, 2014 at 01:26 PM
And what if you had zero cash on you? How about an I.O.U.? Blood?....First Born?....
Everett B June 16, 2014 at 04:01 PM
When will the bridges and tunnels take credit cards and debit cards. Why are thy getting away with cash only? Is it because of EzPass?
George Murphy June 17, 2014 at 02:26 AM
EZ Pass is anti-worker. Better have exact change, too! 'Cause if you don't, the $50.00 tolls come in your friendly mail service.
Phil Brooks June 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM
George, How do figure EZPass to be anti-worker? It might be anti-tollkeeper. But, unlike the days of cash tolls, you have to have a service center. So, there are likely more people collecting tolls now than ever. You just don't see them because they're not in a booth.


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