New Ticket Vending Machine Center Adds Nine New Machines, SMART Card Technology
Our newest (and SMART-est) Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) Center is now open in Grand Central Terminal!
Situated conveniently at the west end of the terminal, around the corner from Rite Aid and across from the bank of Chase ATMs, the new center—which is located at the former site of Hudson News—houses 9 TVMS.
With the opening of this center, there are 37 TVMs available now in Grand Central for your use. Other convenient TVM locations include: Track 32 center, with 10 TVMs; east side location (nearby the 42 Street & Park Ave. exit), with 9 TVMs; Grand Central North, with four TVMs; Lower Level, with two TVMs (near the Chase ATMs); and the Hyatt Passageway, with one TVM.
We’ve added more TVMs in Grand Central because of our current—and anticipated future—ridership growth. The new TVM Center also give customers more convenient options to buy their tickets in Grand Central Terminal. This is especially important during peak travel periods, such as holiday getaway times, and special events, including Yankees games.
The new TVMs introduce SMART Card technology, which is a “contactless payment” option using a credit card which has an imbedded chip. Customers merely have to tap the card on the SMART Card Reader or Target which is conveniently located just under the Touchscreen. There is no need for any swiping!
Not only is this easier, this gives ticket buyers making electronic payment transactions better security than purchases made using traditional magnetic-type cards.
This newest TVM center, which is well lit and monitored by security cameras, also represents another exceptional effort by our many talented expert craftspeople-- carpenters, masons, electricians, painters, and plumbers—working in the Terminal.
While the TVMs meet the ticket buying needs of our customers, they made sure that due attention and respect were paid to the landmark status of the Terminal in the materials chosen and used to construct the facility.
So the new TVM Center is truly a mix of the old and the new.
Photos by Kyle McCarthy.
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