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12/14/2004



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New York, New Jersey port authority plans to develop regional smart card program


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) recently approved a plan to expand smart card use throughout the region by helping other transit agencies implement the technology.

The authority also approved plans to implement smart cards at the AirTrain Newark and AirTrain JFK stations. By June 2005, PANYNJ expects to accept smart cards for all regional transportation services.

PANYNJ officials plan to work with other transit agencies to develop business and revenue opportunities from a regional smart card.

"This action furthers the port authority’s initiatives to better integrate the region’s mass transit systems," said Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia in a prepared statement.

The port authority already has started installing Port Authority Trans-Hudson turnstiles that accept MTA New York City Transit MetroCards and port authority QuickCards.


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