The new fare collection system on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's PATH train shares many basic features with that used by the Washington Metro run by the Washington Area Transit Authority (WMATA). WMATA is a pioneer in using magnetic tickets for automated fare collection. On Metro, fare gates must deterimine both the trip distance and the time it is taken. The command and control systems at the heart of magnetic ticket systems are described. The PATH and Metro systems' fare collection equipment to gather, process, and communicate data, has streamlined some essential management activities, including maintenance, revenue servicing, marketing research, and revenue control. A recent innovation in WMATA's automated fare colection is the use of credit and debit cards for ticket purchases. WMATA has a joint venture with a bank to sell tickets through modified automated teller machines.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

    225 Park Avenue South, 18th Floor
    New York, NY  United States  10003-1604
  • Authors:
    • Gewehr, B
  • Publication Date: 1990

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 44-49
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 3
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: SHANOR, REBECCA READ.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00603394
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1991 12:00AM