The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority announced that its mobile ticketing application, MTA eTix, is expanding to the Metro-North Harlem Line. Previously, the app was only available to Metro-North Hudson Line and Long Island Railroad’s Port Washington Branch riders, but the MTA plans to expand it even further. By the end of August, the Metro-North New Haven Line, three New Haven Line branches, and the rest of the LIRR will be included on the app.
MTA eTix app allows users to have up-to-date train schedules and statuses, and account management tools. Riders using the app will be able to manage credit card info, get ticket refunds, request receipts, and create a password protected profile. MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Pendergast predicted that mobile ticketing will eventually become the norm in public transportation “Anyone who wants to see the future of train ticketing should download this app to experience how easy and convenient it makes the transactions.” He said.
The app was created by Masabi, Ltd., a programming group. The company has created mobile ticketing apps for rail stations in Long Island, Los Angeles, and Boston. MTA is expected to bring the app to even more riders, with plans to include transfers to the NYC Subway and Buses on the same app with the same account by the end of 2017.