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RFID To Speed Commuting Payments For Some Big Apple Workers

The Port Authority plans to install readers in 13 transit stations by next spring.

After a long wait, commuters traveling between New Jersey and New York could soon be using RFID technology to board trains.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey voted four years ago to approve the project, but only began to establish guidelines for their use last Spring. The PA plans to install readers in 13 stations by next Spring.

The PA is offering to help the Metropolitan Transportation Authority make similar improvements in New York City next year. Though the MTA has money set aside to install readers and issue RFID cards to riders, its board has not yet voted to take the step.

Similar technology was installed on toll sections of New York's Interstate 87. Drivers on the New York State Thruway have been using EZ Pass since the early 90s.

RFID cards are already being used by train and bus commuters in other cities, including Washington and Chicago.

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