As the saying goes, if you can do it there, you can do it everywhere. As of Friday, contactless payments will increase significantly as MTA riders in New York City can pass the turnstiles with a flick of the wrist or a flick of the wrist – as long as they wear an NFC, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Samsung or Android devices.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority's One Metro New York launches a new multi-transit transit tap-and-pay program, including all Staten Island buses and all stops on the 4, 5 and 6 subway lines between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center. The MTA plans to extend the OMNY program to all of NYC's public transport system by 2021
While Tim Cook had already confirmed Apple's participation in the program and Google had previously announced its partnership with the MTA, "to bring more features to Google Maps and Google Assistant makes commuting even easier. "OMNY will also support Samsung and Fitbit devices. How They Work:
OMNY uses Apple Pay Express mode, which allows you to tap your watch or phone on the contactless terminal without turning on the device or using biometric authentication. Users must upgrade to iOS 12.3 and watchOS 5.2.1 to use Apple Pay Express Transit on the iPhone SE, iPhone 6S and later iPhones, as well as Apple Watch Series 1 and later models.
Any Android Smartphone With an NFC chip, you can use the OMNY system by tapping the terminal. However, Google has not yet announced whether Wear OS watches are still working. Google Assistant also has new transit features. So you can ask when the next train arrives, and Maps will let you know if your station supports OMNY.
Fitbit Pay was introduced in 2017 and has since expanded to around 40 countries and several of Fitbit's trackers: Ionic, Versa Special Edition and Charge 3 Special Edition support the OMNY system via the Wallet app. Fitbit also announced that transit support should also be introduced in six other cities: Chicago, Singapore, New South Wales, Taiwan, Vancouver and London.
Samsung phones that support NFC or Magnetic Secure Transmission technology tariffs can be paid either through the Samsung Pay app or the Google Pay app. Using a Galaxy or Gear watch can also be done with OMNY, but Samsung Pay must be used as the default payment method.