Credit cards or smart phones are required to access this system
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced this Thursday, precisely the last day of 2020, that OMNY readers were installed in all 472 stations and 5,800 buses of the Big Apple Subway system, which allow the payment of ‘contactless’ fees via credit cards and smartphones. The challenge now is completely remove Metrocards by 2023.
“We are at the forefront of this trend. Customers from this new year 2021 will have all the necessary tools to have a trip as smooth as possible. 15,000 devices installed and already registered 35 million ‘touches’ since OMNY was launched in 2019, “said Mario Péloquin, MTA’s director of operations.
To further educate customers on the benefits of this innovative payment system, the shipping agency launched the system-wide campaign “Tap On, Get On” to explain how to access this digital wallet technology, the latest device of which is installed in the station Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum.
Sarah Meyer, director of customer service at MTA explained that users will understand that it is a process fast, safe and simple.
“This allows people to spend less time waiting at MetroCard vending machines and more time at home with their families, “he said.
Currently, more than 70% of Visa cards in New York are enabled to cancel Subway contactless fees, compared to 5% when the system began implementation, MasterCard and American Express they have adapted their systems to join this system as well.