Almost two years ago we wrote that New York City would finally update its transit system to accept "tap-to-pay" contactless payments, but Apple's Tim Cook finally says it's coming true – in the call of The company's earnings in the second quarter today, the CEO told investors that Apple Pay will begin to be implemented in the New York City MTA transit system from the "beginning of the summer" this year, which will It will allow you to touch a phone or watch to pay instantly.
But probably not just is Apple Pay, because some quick searches on the web show that NYC has already announced a specific date for a contactless payment system that should be compatible with other phone-based wallets (Maybe rival Android Pay?) And even without contact credit cards.
It's called OMNY (you know, like "omni" written with NY for New York), and is scheduled to launch on May 31, although it's true that only on Staten Island buses and on subway lines 4 5 6 between Grand Central-42 Street and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to start. The entire system will not be implemented until 2020, and will not allow you to use passes or discounted fares until then, according to the MTA website. However, MetroCard cards that rely on the use of scanning devices should still work in the meantime.
An activated reader was detected but not yet live #OMNY on Atlantic Ave. My phone detected the NFC and brought Apple Pay. It was read quickly but was rejected because it is not live yet. pic.twitter.com/iMZQxQ1Rzz
– Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) April 6, 2019
Gothamist reported that New Yorkers began to discover that the new non-contact readers were rolling in the initial wave of compatible stations earlier this month, but they do not seem to be activated yet. CBS NY also received a brief demonstration of an unincorporated system, which you can see here.