NJ Transit Increases Efforts To Catch Counterfeit Tickets

NEWARK — On Monday, NJ Transit announced a series of new measures, including the use of UV scanners, to prevent the use of counterfeit tickets aboard trains, buses and light rail vehicles. Officials from NJ Transit and the NJ Transit Police Department said that more than 200 arrests have been made in the past two years related to counterfeit activity.

“The new procedures being implemented today will protect the interests of our law-abiding customers – and protect the interests of hard-working New Jersey taxpayers,” said NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein. “Whether you are a customer hailing a bus in Newark, boarding a light rail vehicle in Camden or taking one of our trains from Trenton to New York – you have been personally impacted by these criminal acts.”

Internal NJ Transit Police Department research has shown that the production and distribution of counterfeit tickets has continued to climb, particularly on the rail division.

“These are not victimless crimes,” said NJ Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo. “These criminal acts financially penalize the hundreds of thousands of NJ Transit customers who lawfully utilize our system every weekday. Let me be crystal clear. If you are using a counterfeit ticket, we will catch you, we will arrest you, and we will prosecute you.”

NJ Transit today introduced a new, highly-visible procedure to ensure the integrity of weekly and monthly rail tickets. As part of this approach, this morning NJ Transit train crews began using UV scanners to inspect weekly and monthly passes, which now contain an anti-counterfeit measure that can only be detected with these special UV scanners.

The UV scanners, which are also being utilized by Light Rail fare collection officers and both uniformed and plain clothed officers aboard NJ Transit buses, are capable of scanning weekly and monthly passes displayed in customers’ plastic ticketholders. Customers will not be required to remove their passes from their ticketholders unless the scanner is unable to detect the anti-counterfeit measure, at which time the train crew member will request that the ticket be removed for further inspection.

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