New Yorkers routinely grumble about overcrowded subways and having to wait on long lines to purchase or refill their Metro Cards.
The trains aren't about to get any less congested, but paying the fare might get simpler, at least on certain subway lines starting May 31.
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That's when New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will open up the ability to "tap and pay" at subway terminals with a "contactless" credit card from the likes of Mastercard and Visa, and via certain mobile devices. It's all based on technical industry standards that will let you use any compatible card across rival payment networks.
New York passengers are not going to be able to discard their Metro Cards anytime soon.
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The tap-and-pay rollout will be limited at first to the 4/5/6 subway lines between Grand Central Station in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn for single ride fares, eliminating for now discount fares or timed passes. Buses in the New York borough of Staten Island will also let passengers pay with such cards.
The goal is to cover the entire MTA system by October, 2020.
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For its part, Apple has said publicly you'll be able to use Apple Pay on the Apple Watch or iPhone to ride Big Apple subways and buses by summer.
But this is far from a parochial New York City story.
Tuesday - Example - Commuters - Portland - Oregon
On Tuesday, for example, commuters in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, area were able to add the digital Hop Fastpass transit fare card to their iPhone or Apple Watch to tap and ride.
Portland and Chicago as well as London, Sydney and Singapore are among the cities in the U.S. and overseas that already...
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