On the last day of 2020, the Metro Transit Authority of New York City announced that it had finished its roll out of contactless payment systems. With one final stop in Brooklyn, every BTA in every MTA metro station and bus now sports the OMNY “Tap and Go” system.
When the project rollout began last May, we got an early demo of Grand Central Terminals. The system includes a larger infrastructure as the transit authority looks beyond reputable metro cards to mobile payment systems from vendors such as Apple, Google, Samsung and Fitbit – allows users to use smartphones and smartwatches to swipe their way through the Bari style.
The MTA had expected the project to be completed by October – although COVID-19 put Kibosh with a lot more with those plans. The goal was pushed back to December, and it appears to have been completed without losing time.
MetroCards have been sticking around for some time – although the MTA expects them to be phased in at some point in 2023. Part of the transition includes the arrival of OMNY cards, which use new technology but function similarly to MetroCard. A less remote version of the card is scheduled for riders who qualify at some point in 2021. New readers are also coming on the Metro-North and Long Island Railroad systems.