New Yorkers can use Apple Pay to drive the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from May 31, the company reports today. Earlier, the company's CEO, Tim Cook, said Apple Pay in the & # 39; early summer & # 39; would start with the roll-out to the MTA & # 39; s subways & # 39; s and buses.
People who want to use Apple Pay to drive the MTA must download the latest version of iOS (12.3) and watchOS (5.2.1) and then verify a credit or debit card for use with a new feature called Express Transit. After this you do not need to open an app or unlock your phone to use it with the MTA.
It is part of the MTA's public test of its new tariff system called OMNY, which stands for "One Metro New York." To start with, this tap-to-pay system is only available on the 4/5/6 subway lines between Grand Central Station in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as well as the buses in Staten Island.
During a demonstration on May 21 during the morning rush hour at Grand Central Station, an Apple employee used her iPhone and then Apple Watch to pay for a ride on the subway. Both times she placed her device against a smooth, rectangular panel surrounded by blue light attached to the lower part of the turnstile, and both times the light turned green with the message & # 39; Go & # 39; click of the metal arm release.
(Almost immediately another woman pushed her way past, swept her MetroCard, and walked through the already unlocked turnstile while ignoring the green-lit screen.)
Last week, Google announced Google Pay can also be used to run the MTA on 31 May. If you want to use Google Pay for the MTA, you do not have to open an app or unlock your phone, but you must download the Google Pay app.
The respective Apple and Google payment apps can only be used per ride, at least to begin with. Monthly unlimited passes and other discount options are not yet supported, but experts hope that the new OMNY system turns out to be more just than the MetroCard.
New York City is not the first city where people can use contactless, NFC-based payment apps such as Apple Pay and Google Pay to drive on transit. A number of cities in the US and abroad are already accepting contactless payments for public transportation, including Portland, Chicago, London, Moscow, Sydney and Singapore.
Earlier this month Apple has announced that residents of Portland and Vancouver could add their Hop Fastpass to their Apple Wallet and use their Apple Watch iPhone to drive TriMet, C-TRAN and the Portland Streetcar. Google announced the same in April 2018.