The first NJ Transit Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) to arrive in Baristaville are now up and running at Montclair’s Bay Street Station. The smart machines, which can perform handy tricks like remembering your past purchases, accept cash and credit and are quick and easy to use, according to Penny Bassett Hackett, a NJ Transit spokesperson.
Take note, however, that as of Tuesday, July 6th, riders boarding trains without a ticket will be charged a $5 penalty. Bassett Hackett suggests allowing extra time for ticket purchase at the station. The monthly pass is still the most economical and convenient for regular riders, she added.
Stations with a high volume of cash sales (meaning no ticket booth and lots of riders) are at the top of the list to receive new TVMs. Bloomfield station is slated for two TVMs to be ready for use on June 29th and Glen Ridge’s will be installed later this summer (pending State Historic Preservation Committee approval).