TRENTON, NJ – Legislation seeking to take confusion out of the ticket validation process when riding NJ light rail was approved by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee on Monday.

“There’s no reason for someone who rightfully bought a light rail ticket but failed to validate it to be penalized equally to a person who did not buy a ticket,” Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D-Hudson) said of the proposed law she is sponsoring. “Some riders may expect a conductor to validate their ticket, just as they do on commuter rails, or may not know they’re supposed to timestamp their own ticket at a separate machine.”

“With varying policies and procedures across NJTRANSIT services, it’s easy to see why there could be confusion.”

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Under A-1223, passengers would receive proof of payment that would include the time period for which the ticket is valid or the time of expiration, so that light rail riders would not need to time stamp their tickets. A person in possession of proof of payment would not need to take any additional action. The proof of payment may be printed or delivered electronically.

This would eliminate the possibility of a paid rider facing a fine of $75, the same as is charged those who evade fares totally, if they forget to validate their ticket. 

“This bill simplifies the ticket validation process for riders by providing them proof of payment and ticket validity,” Chaparro said. “The goal is to protect passengers from being unfairly penalized and make the system easier for all.”

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