Rutgers University student roasts NJ Transit for unnecessary fare app in new video ⋆ Princeton, NJ Local News


New Brunswick resident and Rutgers University student Alex Davis has produced a video and song that show how confusing NJ Transit’s fare system is for bus passengers.

Davis is an undergraduate student in planning and design at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. His video, posted on July 25, has been viewed approximately 13,000 times and widely shared by NJ Transit commuters.

“NJ Transit uses zones to charge you based on distance travelled. Count the boundaries the bus will cross while you are on it. Buses from the north or south will charge you a different fare. Each of these has separate scales for intrastate and interstate. Buy the ticket in the app and activate it only when you see the bus in case it is late. Show the driver. Hope you did the math. If you did it wrong, you might face their wrath,” Davis sings. “These are the fares on NJ Transit. We don’t know who plans it, but I think I know which mode they ride the most. The commuter rail is easy, but the rest is like an IQ test for the whole Garden State.

Davis points out that the transit agency’s trip-planning app doesn’t work to calculate bus fares that include transfers and replacement fares. Davis created his own website,, to help people calculate fares correctly. “Even people who are completely new to public transit can learn all the information they need to make their trip a success the first time,” Davis says.

He promised that if NJ Transit fixes its trip planner so it’s useful for calculating fares, it will remove a sarcastic paragraph from its website’s section on “using the worst transit app ever.” America”.


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