New fare collection turnstiles have been installed in the Harrison PATH Station, allowing eastbound and westbound customers to pay their fare with an MTA New York City Transit MetroCard or a PATH QuickCard – and eventually with a smart card. The turnstiles will be activated at the station beginning at 12:01 a.m. on January 30.
Similar fare collection equipment has been partially installed at the Exchange Place and Hoboken stations in New Jersey and at all PATH stations in New York. The remaining stations will be equipped with the new turnstiles by April. All PATH stations will be able to accept the smart card by June, and the cards will be available to all riders in late 2005.
Smart cards are plastic cards the size of a credit card that contain a microchip. Transit customers will be able to link their smart card accounts to a credit card or replenish their account by check or money order. Customers also will be able to add money to their smart card by cash, credit or debit cards using vending machines located in the PATH stations.
In Harrison, fare collection turnstiles will be activated on the westbound side for the first time.
The Port Authority plans to invest $809 million to replace and upgrade its entire fleet of PATH cars and funds to upgrade PATH’s signal system. Additional funds also have been dedicated to enhanced security for the entire PATH system.