Hello OMNY: It's The Beginning Of The End For MetroCards

February 23, 2019 - 1:01 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – It's the beginning of the end for MetroCards as the MTA moves ahead with phasing in a new contactless system.

The long-awaited, contactless readers will be available for MTA employees to test out in March before commuters in certain parts of the city can start using them in May.

The system will first be tested on the 4, 5 and 6 lines between Grand Central and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as well as on Staten Island busses.

The new system is called OMNY, which stands for "One Metro New York." The OMNY just takes a tap or a wave instead of a swipe.

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An app is also in development that will allow riders to pay with their smartphones. 

The transit agency hopes to phase out the MetroCard by 2023.