New York is finally catching up to the rest of the world and moving away from its iconic MetroCard. But there's one glaring problem with the replacement.
- The New York City subway will soon have something much of the world has had for years: tap-to-pay fares.
- The new OMNY system will debut on May 31, and roll out to the entire system by 2021.
- Despite its ease of use, most Americans don't have contactless cards yet. Visa and Chase are trying to change that.
Americans who have travelled abroad have likely gotten a taste of what transportation could be like.
In London, for example, a simple tap - of an Oyster card or your credit card - gets you through onto the Tube. The same is also true in Hong Kong, Singapore, Santiago, Chile and other cities across the world.But New York, the US's largest transportation system, like in other technologies, has been slow to catch up. The subway system, after all, only ditched physical tokens for fare payment in 2003. That's finally going to change.
Starting on May 31, New Yorkers at certain stations on the system's busiest line - including at the iconic Grand Central Terminal - will be able to tap their contactless credit cards to pay their fare. Over the next two years, the technology will eventually roll out to all of the city's 472 stations and 5,700 buses routes by 2021, the MTA is targeting.