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MTA will soon start testing new swipe-free payment system



Choose New Yorkers will soon dismiss the dreaded "please stumble again" message on their morning commute.

As of Friday, the test phase of MTA's OMNY program – Map for One Metro New York – will officially roll out, allowing for contactless payments to enter the subway.

These payments will be made via high tech readers in place at subway stations on 4-5-6 line metro stations between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, as well as on all Staten Island buses.

Readers will be activated by the end of the week, so riders can simply tap their credit card or smartphone against it and immediately get the ticket price regardless of which card is connected to their account.

Apple is on board with Apple Pay, as well as other digital wallets such as Google Pay and Samsung Pay. Visa's contactless cards will be accepted and even FitBit comes in at fun.

Unlimited MetroCard holders are not fortunate as OMNY can only accept single ticket payments. And riders will still need MetroCards for other lines until MTA updates its system.

MTA has said that OMNY readers will eventually be on all buses and subway stations by the end of 2020 and will reach shuttle service the following year, with the ultimate goal of phasing out MetroCard by 2023.


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