New York Railroads Add E-Ticket and Apple Pay Options

By Paul Riegler on 6 October 2016
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LIRR train along the Port Washington branch

LIRR train along the Port Washington branch

Riders on all Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North branches will now be able to use their smartphones to purchase

The MTA eTix app allows travelers to purchase one-way, round-trip, ten-trip, weekly, and monthly e-tickets for travel on both railroads. The app was previously limited to specific branches such as the LIRR’s Port Washington branch.

Passengers simply activate their tickets on their phones prior to boarding the train and board the train. Although conductors can’t yet scan the QR codes on the tickets, they will soon be issued scanners capable of doing so, one LIRR conductor told Frequent Business Traveler. Presently, the conductors read the date and time of the activation, which is displayed once the ticket is activated.

Travelers using the app will soon be the first to be able to access New York City’s subways via an app instead of using a MetroCard. At some point in 2017 – the specific timeframe has not yet been finalized – riders will be able to pay for their subway rides using the eTix app and enter all 11 subway lines at Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station using new technology to be installed at turnstiles at both terminals.

In addition, starting Wednesday, riders can use Apple Pay and Masterpass to make their purchases from within the eTix app.

The MTA eTix app is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices.

The LIRR is the busiest commuter railroad in the United States and one of the few commuter systems in the world that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Metro North is the second busiest commuter railroad in the United States.

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