Google Play - an app that lets you pay for services by tapping your phone - is now available in select NYC subway and on New York buses. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worked with Google and other digital wallet clients to design a trial of the series starting May 31.
During the trial, a test area of select subway stations and Staten Island buses will be able to be accessed by tapping your device on the ticket area. The ‘pay per ride’ feature’ won’t even require users to open the app.
Tap ticket is safer and more secure
The price is the same as a regular MetroCard. Google says using Google pay is safer and more secure.
You don’t need to worry about losing your ticket and you don’t need to share your credit card details when buying a ticket at the subways station. To help New Yorkers figure out which routes they can use their phones, Google Maps will rollout a new feature that shows you which routes accept Google Pay.
Google updates apps to help commuters
Google Assistant also gets an upgrade. The tool available on Android phones, smart speakers, and Smart Displays cannot tell you MTA related information. Just say, “Hey Google, when is the next 4 train arriving?” or “Hey Google, when is the next train?” and your device will share relevant MTA information.
It isn’t just Google pay that will allow for contactless payment from May first. The OMNY systems allows all credit, debit, or reloadable prepaid cards as well as your mobile phone or wearable to be tapped giving you a ticket to board all Staten Island buses and the 4 5 6 lines between Grand Central-42 Street and Atlantic Ave.
Apple Pay ready to launch
Obviously, that means that Apple Pay is also jumping on board the train too! The much forgotten about service is actually a pretty huge money maker for Apple.
The company expects the service to process 10 billion transactions this year. If the trial in NYC goes well there will be a huge market of commuting New Yorkers to fight over.
Apple pay is already accepted for public transit in 6 countries outside the US and could spread to other American cities after its NYC trial. The OMNI trial will slowly be extended throughout the New York transit system.
The website says the name is ‘derived from the concept that we are One Metro New York and is based on the prefix “omni,” which means “all” or “of all things.” We believe that transportation is an essential service that connects communities and brings the diversity and energy of New York together.’
Currently only full-fare, pay-per-ride tickets are available but discounted tickets, time-based tickets, and transfer tickets will be added as the program unfolds.