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NYCT expands contactless fare payment system

Roughly two-thirds of NYCT stations are equipped with the OMNY contactless fare payment system.
Photo – MTA


MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) yesterday announced that 310 subway stations, or roughly two-thirds of the system’s stations, are now equipped with the agency’s One Metro New York (OMNY) contactless fare payment system. 

OMNY fare validators allow riders to pay their fare using contactless bank cards, smart phones and wearable devices. OMNY will ultimately replace the MetroCard fare card in 2023, NYCT officials said in a press release. 

NYCT yesterday also announced that other than the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum Station, which is  undergoing upgrades to improve accessibility, every numbered line in the system is now equipped with OMNY validators.

The system’s installation was suspended nearly six weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the entire project remains on time and on budget due to accelerated work, NYCT officials said. All stations remain on schedule to be equipped with OMNY by year's end.

Overall, the system has recorded more than 16 million 'taps' or uses since launching in May 2019.

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