Say Hello to OMNY!

With the decade coming to an end, and new things on the horizon in the world of transit, we finally have a new fare payment system in testing. So what is OMNY? Why is it trans-formative to the way we travel in NYC? This isn’t just any cookie-cutter fare payment system. It is actually the first ever true self-service system. This means MTA is the first agency ever, that will now allow customers to never have a need to use a vending machine if they don’t want to. Just tap your phone, or card and board!

MTA Launches Public Pilot For OMNY Contactless Fare Payment System – First New Payment System In 25 Years.

  • Sixteen Stations Along Lexington Avenue  Line and All MTA Staten Island Buses Now Equipped With OMNY 
  • MetroCard To Remain Until 2023 As MTA Rolls Out to OMNY to Rest Of System by February 2021
  • OMNY Will Save Customers’ Time and Provide More Payment Choices – Avoiding Lines at MetroCard Vending Machines, Alleviating Crowding, Speeding Buses, And Reducing MTA Costs

The MTA today announced the launch of OMNY, its new contactless fare payment system, allowing riders to pay their fares with digital wallets and contactless credit and debit cards.  The public pilot was kicked off at a public event this afternoon at the Bowling Green station in Lower Manhattan. 

MTA executives marked the beginning of the gradual rollout of OMNY by joining several students from Transit Tech High School as well as leaders from Cubic Transportation Systems, which is helping build OMNY, for a demonstration of the new system on the lower mezzanine of the Bowling Green Station. 

OMNY is a first-of-its-kind system that lets riders pay their fare and enter the subway or bus by simply tapping contactless credit, debit, and reloadable prepaid cards, mobile phones, smart watches, and other wearable devices. OMNY will eventually provide a seamless payment system across the MTA’s subways, buses, and two commuter railroads.

OMNY is the first transit agency that will launch with an open loop contactless payment system, meaning customers never need to wait in line to buy a fare card. They simply use the device of their choice and seamlessly enter the system. In time, OMNY will allow customers to pay their fares on subways, buses and the two commuter rails using the same payment method.”

Read more at MTA.info

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