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NJ Transit to try out online ticket program

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NJ Transit becomes the first commuter railroad in the nation to offer online ticket purchasing with Monday’s announcement of a pilot program that allows people to buy tickets for its train to the Meadowlands and print them from a home computer.

 

Depending on how well the program works, online ticket purchasing could be expanded on the entire NJ Transit system. That judgment call will be made at the end of football season when train crews, riders and customer service officials are interviewed and a report and recommendations are presented to NJ Transit management, agency officials said.

 

Amtrak offers eTicketing, which allows a rider to print out a ticket purchased online or download it to a mobile phone, but no commuter railroad has sold tickets online to be printed at home.

 

“It’s similar to what Amtrak announced,” said Douglas Bowen, New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers director and managing editor of Railway Age Magazine. “It’s a good idea.”

 

New York’s Metro North and Long Island Railroad sell monthly tickets on the Web, but the tickets are sent to customers in the mail. Other systems such as Chicago’s Metra and Virginia Railway Express allow online purchase of multiride tickets, which then are mailed to riders.

 

Bowen said it makes operational sense to do the pilot program on a lightly traveled line such as the one to the Meadowlands than to roll it out on a busier one such as the Northeast Corridor.

 

“The Amtrak move shows that the technology is out there and people should explore it,” Bowen said. “It’s a way to improve customer satisfaction.”

 

NJ Transit’s pilot program, in place now, will be ready for the football season at MetLife Stadium, which begins with a pre-season game Saturday and concludes in January, as well as for other stadium events. The ticketing system is similar to how sports fans and concertgoers buy tickets online and print them out at home, NJ Transit officials said.

 

Online ticketing allows customers to purchase round-trip tickets from New York Penn Station to the Meadowlands Sports Complex only. Up to eight tickets may be purchased in one transaction.

 

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http://www.app.com/article/20120813/NJNEWS/308130020/NJ-Transit-try-out-online-ticket-program?odyssey=nav|head

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The online tickets for the LIRR used to be the best, you got a 5 or 10% discount (I don't remember which one) for buying online. Even metro north had an online ticketing system as well, I remember buying GCT to Stamford tickets online once. Then they got rid of it in 2010. Online tickets that you can print out for the MTA railroads would be amazing if they had it, and it actually offered cost savings.

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like you said above it good idea because you can save time. But they are making you pay more because you need to use your own ink and paper that they dont supplies to you.

 

It not just trains to Medowlands. It also to movie tickets, cruise document, cruise bag tag and more stuff out there that you want to somehow save time. it not worth it.

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like you said above it good idea because you can save time. But they are making you pay more because you need to use your own ink and paper that they dont supplies to you.

 

It not just trains to Medowlands. It also to movie tickets, cruise document, cruise bag tag and more stuff out there that you want to somehow save time. it not worth it.

 

It can be a slick way to cut the fare but the rider still pays more

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