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NYC eyes mobile pay for transit

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has released a solicitation for a contactless ticketing system that will allow riders to pay fares by tapping a bank card, smartphone or smart credit card over an electronic reader.

Transit riders shouldn’t expect a quick upgrade, however, as the MTA said a fully operational system wouldn’t be up and running until 2021.

The current Metrocard system was rolled out in 1997 and is now considered outdated compared to those for transit systems in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other major cities.

This is not the first time the MTA has experimented with a contactless payment method. The agency signed two deals with MasterCard – the first for a radio frequency ID card payment system in 2006 and then for a PayPass smart card technology in 2010 -- but neither made it to the implementation stage.

Proposals are due June 23.

Posted by Derek Major on Apr 26, 2016 at 4:29 PM


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