NYC’s MTA To Begin Tests Of Contactless Fare Cards

The New York Post reports:

The MTA’s new fare payment system will be called OMNY – short for One Metro New York – and agency employees will test the new contactless cards out starting next week, according to a memo sent to workers.

The pilot program being offered to MTA workers is the first major step toward the agency’s move to its new fare system – which they expect will replace the Metrocard within a few years.

The agency has installed the readers for the new system at 16 stations along the 4,5, and 6 line between Grand Central Station and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays center. Riders will also be able to use a smart device like a phone or tablet or a credit, debit, or pre-paid card.