New Jersey Transit mobile rail ticketing will be systemwide by end of year

 (Emma Lee for NewsWorks, file)

(Emma Lee for NewsWorks, file)

New Jersey Transit will expand its program allowing rail passengers to purchase tickets on their smartphones to South Jersey by the year’s end.

“We expect that we can have it rolled out systemwide, including the Atlantic City rail line, by the end of the year,” says New Jersey Transit spokesman William Smith.

The pilot version of the mobile ticketing program began in April. The latest expansion this week included the Morrison/Essex and Montclair/Boonton lines in North Jersey.

The transit agency estimates more than 46,000 people have downloaded the free app and another 27,000 have created “MyTix” accounts.

“Since this is just gradual rolling out, we think this demonstrates some positive enthusiasm,” said Smith.

In budget year 2012, New Jersey rail passengers took an average of 6 million trips every month.

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