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MTA expands tap payment system to Penn Station

Posted on December 11, 2019

The New York MTA, Visa, and Chase announced that its One Metro New York (OMNY) tap to pay system launched at Penn Station and will expand to other stations and buses throughout 2020.

Two out of three New Yorkers who responded to a Visa survey this summer said their trips were delayed or took longer because they needed to reload a fare card. Tapping to ride eliminates this challenge as riders can simply turn up to a station or bus and travel with a tap of a contactless card or digital wallet.

The MTA had reached one million taps within three months of its initial launch, with the number rapidly climbing toward the milestone of four million taps, and exponential growth expected to follow with tap to pay expanding across the MTA system.

Penn Station is a vital transit hub with more than 160,000 people using the MTA system daily. In addition to Penn Station, riders can soon tap to ride at 85 stations across the MTA system this month, with more to come in January. The MTA will bring the tap to pay system to all 472 stations, as well as all MTA bus routes by the end of 2020.

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