Los Angeles Transit System to Accept Apple Pay

By Jesse Sokolow on 25 January 2019
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New York's new Apple Pay compatible turnstiles

New York’s new Apple Pay compatible turnstiles

You might be forgiven for not knowing that Los Angeles has a robust rail and bus transit system, given that a tiny fraction of the population there uses it, and that Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – known as LA Metro – the city’s transit agency, will soon implement Apple Pay.

With the installation of new fare boxes soon to get underway, passengers will be able to use an Apple iPhone or Apple Watch by holding it near a Transit Access Pass card reader to pay the fare on buses and at subway stations.

Meanwhile, in New York City, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority started installing contactless readers that support Apple Pay at 500 subway turnstiles and on 600 city buses late last year. The system will go live on the Lexington Avenue Line, between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue, come May.

Los Angeles joins other cities besides New York in accepting Apple Pay. The list includes Chicago, Portland, and Salt Lake City in the United States, and Beijing, London, Shanghai, and Tokyo in other parts of the world.

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