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Harrison PATH Riders Losing Free Ride

Jan 28, 2005 2:02 pm US/Eastern
For at least four decades, riders boarding PATH trains here have gotten a free ride to Newark, just a few minutes away by rail. Savings: up to $1.50.
That quirk is to end at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. New fare collection turnstiles have been installed at the Harrison station and they will affect westbound travelers for the first time.

Only a few hundred riders are believed to be affected, but a precise number is not known because of the absence of turnstiles, Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the system's operator, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said Friday.

The new turnstiles allow customers to pay the fare with an MTA New York City Transit MetroCard or a PATH Quickcard, and will accept the "smart card" by June.
Those credit card-sized cards contain a microchip allowing riders to link smart card accounts to a credit card or replenish their transit account by check or money order. Money can also be added with cash, credit or debit cards at machines in the stations.

The new turnstiles are to be installed at all stations by April.

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