New York City Expands Apple Pay, OMNY Support on Trains

By Anna Breuer on 12 November 2019
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IMG_8067 (1)New York City announced the expansion of OMNY, its contactless fare payment system to additional stations throughout the system.

The new system, which has been well received by subway riders, will be installed at Penn Station, which serves six different transit lines, as well as at the Whitehall Street and South Ferry train stations in Manhattan, 86th Street-Bay Ridge in Brooklyn, Sutphin Boulevard-Archer Avenue in Queens, and St. George and Tompkinsville on Staten Island.

It will also be installed at every No. 6 train stop between 51st and 125th Streets (it has already been installed between Atlantic Avenue and Grand Central Terminal), at No. 4 train stops north of 125th Street, and stops on the No. 1 train between Rector Street and Columbus Circle.

The city’s transit system is the largest in North America and its metro system has the most stops in the world.

In addition to Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and Fitbit Pay as well as Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards that support contactless payment will also work with OMNY.

At launch, OMNY will only support pay-per-ride fares and no advance purchase is required. As the MTA rolls it out, OMNY will support reduced fares and time-based passes similar to what is available now.

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. The city plans to eliminate the MetroCard by 2023.

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