Apple Pay Coming to Mass Transit in New York City, Portland, Chicago

By Anna Breuer on 26 March 2019
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Metrocards will disappear by 2023 in New York City

Metrocards will disappear by 2023 in New York City

Apple announced that Apple Pay will be available on buses, trains, and other forms of mass transit in several major U.S. cities later this year. The list includes New York City, Portland, and Chicago.

The introduction of Apple Pay will allow passengers to pay their fares using their iPhones or Apple Watches.

While Apple Pay will be new to transit systems in the United States, it is already available in multiple cities including London, Moscow, and Tokyo.

Systems in Shanghai and Beijing allow users to store their transit cards in the Apple Wallet app, which supports Apple Pay.

In 2017, New York City announced plans to modernize the system passengers use to pay for public transport by replacing the MetroCard with one that is based on the contactless payment card system used on buses and the London Underground in London. Los Angeles also announced plans to support Apple Pay.

When the first subway began operations in New York, paper tickets cost five cents. The city discontinued paper tickets with the introduction of the turnstile, which required the insertion of a nickel and, starting in 1948, a dime. The once ubiquitous subway token was introduced in 1953, when fares rose to 15 cents. Tokens were phased out in 2003 in favor of the MetroCard, which had been introduced in 1994.

Although the new payment system is slated to be fully in place by 2020, the Metrocard won’t be discontinued until 2023.

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