Metro riders from NYC can start using a smartphone instead of MetroCard at some stations from Friday
- The MTA will roll out its new & # 39; tap-and-go & # 39; readers at selected stations on Friday
- Riders come in with an iPhone, Android phone, smartwatch or contactless card
- To start, the readers launch on the 4, 5 and 6 lines and Staten Island buses
The New York City metro system is about to get a major upgrade that could mean the end of a MetroCard sweep.
From Friday, riders can tap on their smartphone, portable and contactless credit card or debit card to pay their rate.
However, not everyone will be able to take advantage of the new system because the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) only has the & # 39; tap-and-go & # 39; readers on Staten Island buses and 16 stations on the 4, 5 and 6 metro lines for now.
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The NYC metro system is about to get a major upgrade. From Friday, riders can tap on their smartphone, portable and contactless credit card or debit card to pay their rate
The MTA said the new contactless tariff payment system, called One Metro New York (OMNY), should be rolled out to other stations over time.
& # 39; We will continue to use OMNY for all bus routes, subway stations and Staten Island Railway locations & # 39 ;, says the MTA.
& # 39; Once completed, you can tap and go anywhere in New York City. & # 39;
Although it only launches at certain stations to start, the MTA expects to fully roll out OMNY by 2020 and until 2023 riders can still enter the metro with Swipe-based MetroCards.
Tap-and-go is also only available for one-way purchases, but the MTA said on its site that additional rate options will be added in the future, such as unlimited, student or reduced rate passes.
Entering the metro is fairly easy. For iOS devices, users must set up Apple Pay Express Transit, for which they must first be upgraded to the latest software version, iOS 12.3 on iPhone or watchOS 5.2.1 on Apple Watch.
Once these are updated, users open Settings, then Wallet & Apple Pay and then Express Transit Card.
Although it is only launched at certain stations to start, the MTA expects to fully roll out OMNY in 2020 and until 2023 drivers can still enter the metro with swipe-based MetroCards.
With the new contactless payment system, riders can pay to enter a bus or metro with a contactless card issued through their bank or a digital wallet app installed on a smart device
Users select the card on which they want to charge their ticket and their device knows that they will only charge it in the future.
Users then keep their iPhone or Android phone close to one of the contactless readers until it lights up green with the word & # 39; Go & # 39 ;. Then they can continue.
The readers use near-field communication to communicate with contactless cards and smart devices.
OMNY works with various digital wallet platforms, including Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and Fitbit Pay.
Contactless cards from American Express, Visa and Mastercard are also accepted by OMNY.
It should lead to a more painless experience for metro riders because they no longer have to wait to buy a MetroCard.
& # 39; You don't have to stand in line to buy a pass or ticket & # 39 ;, said Prakash Hariramani, director of Google Pay at Google, Digital trends.
& # 39; If you just add it to your phone, you can just tap and go. & # 39;
HOW DOES APPLE PAY THE WORK?
Apple Pay is the mobile payment and virtual wallet service of the company.
This allows customers to make payments with an iPhone, Watch, iPad or Mac.
It works with most banks and most major credit and debit card providers, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
To use the services, users must link their device, security data, and bank card.
To do this, open Wallet, go to settings and search for Wallet and Apple Pay.
Apple Pay is Apple's mobile payment and virtual portfolio service. This allows customers to make payments with an iPhone, Watch, iPad or Mac
You can add credit or debit cards here.
Before it is activated, the device must be verified by the bank.
Each bank has different protocols, but their security measures must be approved before Apple Pay is fully verified.
After your card has been verified, tap Next and start using Apple Pay.
Apple Pay requires the Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna and Touch ID or Face ID to work on iPhone 6 and later.
After setting up, you can keep your device near a contactless terminal to authorize a payment.
For most iPhones, double-click the start button to open the Apple Pay function, which uses your fingerprint to confirm the transaction.
On the iPhoneX, users must press the sleep / wake button twice to call up Apple Pay.
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