The New York Daily News reports that the MTA will seek board approval to award a $573 million contract to Cubic Transportation Systems to create a new fare payment system.
The new contactless system will accept multiple payment sources — contactless credit cards, mobile applications like Apple Pay, and a new MTA-branded payment card. Passengers will be able to use bank cards and smart phones to pay their fares at 500 station turnstiles and 600 buses starting in Spring 2019.
“It’ll make everybody’s life easier. It’ll make transfers much easier,” said MTA board member Andrew Albert. “It’ll bring the system into the 21st century.”
The new system will be in place by September 2020,and MetroCards will be completely phased out in 2023. The MTA also recently announced plans to test expanded mobile ticketing for commuter rail passengers who are transferring to the subway; it is not immediately clear how this pilot is related to the potential new contract. Link to full story in New York Daily News.
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