one-way ticket expires the same day

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one-way ticket expires the same day

Post by Literalman » Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:57 pm

In NJ for a visit last week, I went to the Bradley Beach station to get my ticket for travel the next morning. Good thing I was paying attention, because the vending machine said the ticket was good till approximately midnight, so I canceled the purchase and bought a ticket the next day. A friend told me that NJT one-way tickets are now good for only one day. When did this start and why? (I've ridden NJT hundreds or thousands of times, having lived in NJ for a long time, but I now live in Virginia.)
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Re: one-way ticket expires the same day

Post by andrewjw » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:16 pm

I ride NJT frequently and fairly recently and this policy was not in place as of just a few weeks ago.

Furthermore, from https://www.njtransit.com/ti/ti_servlet ... lTicketsTo:
One-Way Tickets
One continuous trip between the stations on the ticket. One-way tickets are valid until used (no expiration) and are non-refundable.

I conclude that the vending machine was mistaken.

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Re: one-way ticket expires the same day

Post by lensovet » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:14 pm

if you use the NJTix app the tickets in there are supposed to never expire
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Re: one-way ticket expires the same day

Post by Regardie » Mon May 07, 2018 3:17 pm

Literalman wrote:In NJ for a visit last week, I went to the Bradley Beach station to get my ticket for travel the next morning. Good thing I was paying attention, because the vending machine said the ticket was good till approximately midnight, so I canceled the purchase and bought a ticket the next day. A friend told me that NJT one-way tickets are now good for only one day. When did this start and why? (I've ridden NJT hundreds or thousands of times, having lived in NJ for a long time, but I now live in Virginia.)
My guess is that you were purchasing a ticket on a Friday night for Saturday travel and mistakenly selected a weekly instead of a single ride ticket. The weekly will expire at midnight or so, depending on the conductor.

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Re: one-way ticket expires the same day

Post by Launcher » Thu May 17, 2018 2:01 pm

It may have a valid explanation but the machines are misleading at best. At worst, it is a hint that policy shift may be forthcoming.

I tried to buy a round trip recently at my station and machine told me it had a validity period of a year. I double checked the printed schedule which indicates the policy is still to have tickets never expire. I hope they are not piloting a change in policy at the machines or considering phasing one in. Does anyone know when is the next scheduled fare increase? I still am skeptical of everything, operating on the memory of NJT rolling out the sudden elimination of the offpeak roundtrip discounts in 2010, that which resulted in a sudden 22% fare hike for occasional weekend passengers.

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Re: one-way ticket expires the same day

Post by andrewjw » Fri May 18, 2018 4:16 am

I've bought tickets recently and have seen no indications of this expiration. I suspect Literalman misinterpreted some message in the payment process, or some such.

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Re: one-way ticket expires the same day

Post by Launcher » Sun May 20, 2018 3:19 pm

andrewjw wrote:I've bought tickets recently and have seen no indications of this expiration. I suspect Literalman misinterpreted some message in the payment process, or some such.
Check again next time. I believe that it's optional to select and view expiration details when purchasing the ticket. It does not pop up automatically.

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