MTA Upgrades Tech for Riders

New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, the nation’ largest public transportation system, has rolled out new upgrades for passengers. The new systems and changes are designed to give New Yorkers and the millions of tourists who visit each year, an easier and more predictable commute.

The OMNY contactless fare payment system is among the newest technology debuting on the 4,5,6 train lines on the east side of the city. The new machine makes the metro card optional and allows direct payment with a debit, credit card or app payment systems including Apple Pay.

If the OMNY program is successful, metro cards could be eliminated or greatly reduced in 2023.

Service status notices are also among upgrades are also being rolled out to give riders real time details about train arrivals and delays. Buses in the Bronx are also set for a redesign.

The changes to the MTA’s systems follow a long fight between New York City, Uber, Lyft and other rideshare companies.

In 2018, the New York City Council voted to place a cap on Uber, Lyft and similar “For Hire” type vehicles in the city. “Our city is directly confronting a crisis that is driving working New Yorkers into poverty and our streets into gridlock…” – Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor said.

While the city made its argument for regulation, bloggers and corporate experts expressed rumors of a possible crackdown on the rideshare companies because of the impact on MTA profits. For more information about the new systems, visit MTA.info.

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