New York City’s public transit agency MTA today announced their Apple Pay Express Transit-compatible tap-and-go fare payment system OMNY is now available at Penn Station. In addition to Apple Pay, the service can also use other mobile wallets and contactless credit cards from Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.
96 OMNY readers are now available at 18 turnstile arrays serving the A, C, E and 1, 2, 3 lines at Penn Station.
Later this month, a total of 85 stations across the MTA system, and MTA has plans to expand contactless payments to all 472 of its subway stations and all of its bus routes by the end of 2020. Contactless payments will be available on MTA-operated buses in Manhattan beginning March 2020.
“Today is yet another momentous occasion in the continued rollout of OMNY, the MTA’s game-changing contactless fare payment system,” said Andy Byford, president, NYC Transit. “Penn Station is one of the system’s busiest subway stations and will allow hundreds of thousands of commuters the opportunity to tap and ride using a device or contactless card of their own choosing, including customers arriving on the Long Island Rail Road, New Jersey Transit, and Amtrak, who connect with the subway system here at Penn Station. Chase, Visa and other partners have done an immense amount of work to help spread the word about OMNY and we’re thankful for their support.”
Apple Pay with Express Transit mode first became available at a handful of NYC subway stations and buses back in May. OMNY is currently limited to a flat-fare, pay-per-ride option, though alternative fare options like passes are expected to become available in 2020. MetroCards will remain available until at least 2023, according to the MTA.