New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced two new payment methods available to users of the MTA eTix app. Apple Pay and Masterpass payments are now available to Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road riders.
According to a report, starting Thursday (Oct. 6), customers will be able to use both services to buy one-way, round-trip, 10-trip, weekly and monthly passes and CityTickets on MTA eTix.
“We have worked tirelessly to rebuild and reimagine New York’s transit system for the 21st century, and a key part of those efforts is to incorporate the amenities that modern-day riders demand,” Gov. Cuomo said. “By adding the use of cutting-edge technology like Apple Pay and Masterpass, we are not only making mass transit easier to use but are also improving the overall experience of riders.”
To purchase a ticket in the MTA eTix app using Apple Pay, a customer simply selects the ticket or pass they’d like to purchase, then selects the “Pay with Apple Pay” option, and confirms the payment via their iPhone’s Touch ID sensor.
It was announced earlier in the summer that MTA eTix would be accelerated so riders of both railroads would be able to use the app by the end of the summer. MTA began rolling out the service on June 30, offering it on the LIRR Port Washington Branch and Metro-North Hudson Line. It was then rolled out to Metro-North’s Harlem Line on July 25 and finally became available on the rest of the LIRR and Metro-North’s New Haven Line on Aug. 22.
MTA eTix is free, and is available in the App Store. [GET IT HERE]