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NYC public transport set to go contactless

Contactless payment options for New Yorkers will become available in late 2018New York to roll out a contactless fares system across its public transport network, based on the system developed by Transport for London (TfL), reports Banking Technology (Paybefore‘s sister publication).

TfL, together with Cubic Transport Systems (CTS), is offering its “knowhow” to its New York counterpart, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), to utilise a contactless fare payments system similar to the one used in London.

Last year, TfL signed a deal worth up to £15 million with CTS to adapt London’s contactless ticketing system worldwide.

New York’s MTA has since contracted CTS to develop a payment system across its public transport rail network and pave a future away from the MetroCard.

According to the MTA, the MetroCard is to be phased out in 2023, while contactless payment options will become available to customers in late 2018. Apple Pay and Android Pay, alongside other NFC contactless payment cards will be supported, once the solution is implemented.

TfL has a long-established relationship with CTS, previously working together to develop the Oyster card back in 2003, making TfL the first public transport provider to accept contactless payments.


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