Omny New York: NFC and contactless transit ticketing to go live in New York City from 31 May

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The MTA is rolling out a new contactless fare payment system – OMNY. With OMNY, you can use your own contactless card or smart device to make fare payments and enter the system. OMNY will eventually combine fare payments and mobile ticketing across subways, buses, and commuter rail. omny new york

“Starting on May 31, 2019, you can use Omny onboard all Staten Island buses and at all subway station entrances on the 4, 5, and 6 lines between Grand Central-42 Street and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr. All remaining bus routes, subway stations, and Staten Island Railway locations will be equipped by late 2020. You will be able to use Omny for commuter rail by early 2021.”

OMNY will introduce a full-fare, pay-per-ride option first. You will not need to buy a MetroCard or do anything in advance. Just tap and go! Additional fare options will be available during future phases of the rollout, such as a reduced fare option, weekly passes, monthly passes, and all other fare options that exist today with MetroCard and eTix.

To pay your fare, simply tap your contactless card, mobile phone, or wearable on the OMNY reader. The screen will instantly confirm if the tap was successful, sending you on your way quickly and easily. omny new york


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