NJ TRANSIT introduced a new cash payment option. Customers who prefer to use cash or don’t have a debit or credit card can now use the NJ TRANSIT mobile app for the new Cash in App feature, according to the agency's news release.
Customers can use more than 1,000 convenient participating network retailers in New Jersey like 7-Eleven, Walgreens, CVS, Family Dollar, and more to convert cash directly to digital balances in the NJ TRANSIT mobile app. This can then be used to purchase electronic NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes.
“This Cash in App payment expansion allows for more customers, including those without bank accounts or credit cards, to use the NJ TRANSIT mobile app and help reduce the handling of cash on board buses and trains,” said Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJ TRANSIT Board chair. “NJ TRANSIT remains committed to maximizing access to convenient public transportation for all New Jerseyans.”
The first 2,000 customers who use participating retailers to load cash into their My Transit Wallets will receive a $5 credit toward NJ TRANSIT tickets and passes within 30 days.
“This mobile app upgrade represents a significant leap forward in NJ TRANSIT’s fare modernization program, leveraging technology to add yet another option for customers to purchase tickets and passes,” said Kevin S. Corbett. NJ TRANSIT president/CEO. “It also promises to further reduce cash and paper-based tickets, and takes advantage of a statewide retail network to expand access to transit, particularly for the unbanked.”
Customers can find the nearest participating retailer from the NJ TRANSIT mobile app by going to the MyTransit Wallet screen and having location services enabled. The store clerk at the participating retailer will scan the barcode on the NJ TRANSIT mobile app to convert the cash into a digital balance.
Since its launch in 2013, the NJ TRANSIT mobile app has been downloaded more than 8.6 million times with more than 4 million customer accounts created and nearly 140 million tickets sold.