MTA OMNY payment system surpasses three million taps
Posted: 15 November 2019 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The OMNY contactless fare payment system accepts taps from bank cards issued in over 112 countries from six continents.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that OMNY, the new contactless fare payment system, has surpassed three million taps. The growth in use is said to have come over the course of just six weeks; a week faster than the system’s growth from one million to two million taps and four weeks faster than it took OMNY to reach one million taps.
MTA officials also unveiled the next stations where OMNY contactless readers will be available starting in December 2019 including: Penn Station, Whitehall Street, South Ferry, 86 St Bay Ridge, Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK, St George and Tompkinsville stations on the Staten Island Railway.
“Our customers have adopted OMNY at impressive levels during the public pilot and I expect that to continue now that we’re beginning to roll out to the rest of the system,” said Al Putre, OMNY Program Executive. “We have a tremendous project team in place and Cubic has been a world-class partner in helping roll out this game-changing technology to our riders.
“We are working relentlessly to deliver this new fare payment system effectively through meticulous and continuous testing and monitoring. We are excited to start this next phase to bring all MTA customers the ease and convenience of tapping at the turnstile.”
A phase of installations that will bring the new contactless fare payment system to all 472 stations as well as all MTA bus routes by the end of 2020 is said to begin in December 2019.
Additionally, by the end of 2019, OMNY will be available at several more stations on lines in Manhattan and the Bronx. The arrival of OMNY at these locations will mark the first time that OMNY will touch all five New York boroughs.