MTA Marks Major Milestone For New Tap-And-Go Fare Payment System

August 13, 2019 - 1:37 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The MTA is celebrating a major milestone for its new contactless fare payment system.

OMNY, which stands for One Metro New York, is currently available along the 4, 5 and 6 subway lines as well as Staten Island buses, but it's quickly gaining momentum.

Since the pilot was launched two and a half months ago, the system that lets riders pay the fare with a touch of their smartphone or a tap of a credit card has been used one million times. 

"I think the fact that we got to the millionth tap so quickly affirms the acceptance from our customers who find it unbelievably convienent," MTA Chairman and CEO Pat Foye said. "It shows something we already know which is that New Yorkers are tech savvy and willing to try new technology."

OMNY will not be systemwide until the fall of 2020.

The system will eventually replace MetroCards, which will be phased out at the end of 2023.