Port Authority uses PayPass to speed trips

(AP) - Port Authority officials have launcheda six-month pilot program that lets mass transit riders travelseamlessly between New Jersey and New York City.

The agency has installed MasterCard's PayPass at PATH and subwayturnstiles and on some NJ Transit buses.

Officials hope the program could eventually eliminate the needfor tickets and pay cards.

Riders "tap and go" with their credit cards as they transferfrom one bus and rail system to the next.

Eleven of PATH's 13 stations have the special payment readers.Only the Christopher Street and Ninth Street stations in New YorkCity don't have them.

The system is in use on some NJ Transit bus lines that connectto PATH stations, as well as the Lexington Avenue subway lines andeight Metropolitan Transportation Agency bus routes.

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