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New tap-and-go payment system now in all PATH terminals

PATH has recorded more than 1 million TAPPs since the system was launched in December.
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has expanded the Total Access PATH Payment (TAPP) system to the five terminal stations in the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) system.

TAPP enables passengers to pay their fares at select turnstiles with the tap of a contactless debit/credit card, smartphone or wearable device.

The first phase of a rollout is being completed this week with the installation of 12 TAPP turnstiles at the World Trade Center, the system’s busiest station, PANYNJ officials said in a press release.

PATH has recorded more than 1 million TAPPs since the system’s launch in December. On an average weekday, nearly 20,000 TAPPs are recorded among passengers entering the PATH system.

“These TAPP numbers show we’ve tapped into something our riders truly appreciate, giving them more flexibility and more freedom in how they pay their fare,” said PANYNJ Chairman Kevin O’Toole. “The first phase of the TAPP rollout has been a resounding success, and we’re excited to bring this technology to the rest of the system in the near future.”

Following the installation of TAPP turnstiles at the World Trade Center terminal, TAPP is now available through select turnstiles at terminal stations where PATH lines begin and end, as well as at Harrison station. That includes six stations — including Newark-Penn Station, Journal Square and Hoboken in New Jersey — that are the system’s busiest, accounting for 67% of total 2023 ridership.

The TAPP rollout will move to the system’s remaining stations in New Jersey and New York over the coming months, PANYNJ officials said.


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