Apple Pay Coming to NYC Transit System in Early Summer

Apple CEO Tim Cook today shared some details on upcoming Apple Pay providers during Apple's earnings call covering the second fiscal quarter of 2019.

Ticketmaster is set to begin accepting Apple Pay for ticket purchases on the web in the near future, and more than 50 entertainment and sporting event venues are launching contactless tickets this year, including most NFL stadiums.


New York's MTA transit system is piloting Apple Pay on a couple of lines at the current time, and Cook says Apple Pay will roll out to the rest of the lines in "early summer," which is new information.

Cook believes the introduction of Apple Pay support for transit systems across the U.S. will bring in even more Apple Pay customers who don't currently use the payments service.

Apple Pay transaction more than doubled year over year, and Apple is on track to reach 10 billion transactions in 2019. Apple Pay is available in 30 markets, which Apple expects to expand to 40 markets by the end of the year.

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3 weeks ago
I can’t wait for Apple Pay and OMNY.

There is one big annoyance though. You swipe your Metrocard for each turnstile on the right since most people are right handed. So the NFC reader is going on the right of each turnstile as well. However most people who are right handed wear their watch on their left wrist. That means if you want to pay with an Apple Watch instead of your phone you’ve got to do some awkward turn sideways and stretch your arm to the other side maneuver to get close enough to the reader.
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What about the busses?


It works on busses too. It’s actually going to allow them to enable you to board from both bus doors, instead of just the front, to speed up boarding. In 2021 you’ll be able to use it on the LIRR and Metro-North. The plan is to also integrate it with PATH, the Roosevelt Island tram, NYC Ferry, and the Westchester and Long Island bus networks.
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3 weeks ago

Ahem, #TTC #Metrolynx .... chop chop chop!


I still have a sh**load of tokens to use...
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3 weeks ago
Can’t wait for a solution to government ID/driver licenses.
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3 weeks ago

Exactly!

I use Apple Pay on underground in London with FaceID and it is a major hassle. The reader is too far down. Thus, I either have to bend down to face the phone or type the pin. Either way it slows down the flow, so people behind me get annoyed. It was so much easier with the TouchID.


You do know you can do it well before you hit the gate. I do Face ID when I'm maybe 4-5th in line, tap and go.

Still, generally I'm forced to use a physical discounted fare Oyster card: why couldn't they make a bloody digital version?! Hence my question above.
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3 weeks ago

I can’t wait for Apple Pay and OMNY.

There is one big annoyance though. You swipe your Metrocard for each turnstile on the right since most people are right handed. So the NFC reader is going on the right of each turnstile as well. However most people who are right handed wear their watch on their left wrist. That means if you want to pay with an Apple Watch instead of your phone you’ve got to do some awkward turn sideways and stretch your arm to the other side maneuver to get close enough to the reader.


Moonwalk!
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3 weeks ago

Exactly!

I use Apple Pay on underground in London with FaceID and it is a major hassle. The reader is too far down. Thus, I either have to bend down to face the phone or type the pin. Either way it slows down the flow, so people behind me get annoyed. It was so much easier with the TouchID.


Really? I do all of that on the approach (activate Apple Pay, do Face ID) to the gate and breeze through. Try it. No idea why you're doing it when you arrive, no wonder you're annoying people.
[doublepost=1556698874][/doublepost]I'm not from NYC so wondered how this will actually work? As far as I remember the gates on the subway only have a paper ticket swipe, not any sort of contactless panel? Or are they adding them on?
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3 weeks ago

I would prefer a physical OMNY over Apple Pay.

It's easier for me to pull my metro card from my wallet and go swiftly thru the turnstile than to pull out my phone, look down at it via FaceID, swipe up/down to find the right card, then try and wave it in front of the machine.


Exactly!

I use Apple Pay on underground in London with FaceID and it is a major hassle. The reader is too far down. Thus, I either have to bend down to face the phone or type the pin. Either way it slows down the flow, so people behind me get annoyed. It was so much easier with the TouchID.
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3 weeks ago

What's the source for this info? I can't seem to find it anywhere, sp for PATH trains.


It’s just a plan right now for everything but the LIRR and Metro-North, it’s not set in stone. Only LIRR and Metro-North are happening for sure.

https://www.amny.com/transit/metrocard-replacement-omny-1.29297988


A totally integrated fare payment system that allows subway and bus riders to use the same payment systems on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will come in February 2021, as well, Putre said.

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But there are still plenty of other transit systems in the city and region that are not included. Putre said the MTA has begun discussing further integration with some of those services, like PATH, NYC Ferry, the Roosevelt Island Tram, the NICE bus network on Long Island and Westchester’s Bee-Line bus system.

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3 weeks ago
Sadly, SF Bay Area will be missing in action because the transit department head is a moron:

“Most of the people don’t even understand or care about all the kinds of things that people are talking about relative to this, that, and the other bell and whistle,” said Andrew Fremier, Deputy Executive Director for Operations at MTC.

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3 weeks ago

Louisiana was ahead of the game with this, surprisingly ahead of all other states. snip

Not clear what's surprising with such a small population.
In any regard why shouldn't they be first, is there some rule that says they shouldn't.
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I'm not from NYC so wondered how this will actually work? As far as I remember the gates on the subway only have a paper ticket swipe, not any sort of contactless panel? Or are they adding them on?

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