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MTA awards $573M to company developing tap system to replace MetroCards

26 October 2017

So instead of swiping a MetroCard, riders with compatible smartphones will be able to use apps like Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay to tap on a reader at the turnstile on the way into a station, or when they hop on a bus.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is phasing out its MetroCard in favor of something more modern.

Thirty-two other cities nationwide have banned alcohol ads from their transit systems, including Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad customers will also be able to merge their subway, bus and rail tickets into one integrated form of payment as well.

The new system allows customers to create personalised tranport accounts to see ride history, check balances, add value as well as report lost or stolen cards to protect their funds.

The base contract is worth $539.5 million with additional options valued at $33.9 million.

MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said the money would easily be made up.

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The MTA board voted Wednesday to ban all alcohol advertisements from its properties starting in the New Year.

"We are thrilled that Western New York's productive workforce will contribute to the New York MTA capital program", said Tom Kucharski, President and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara.

"Absolutely you'll be able to buy a beverage outside of the system and bring it on board", Lhota said. "It will make public transit more convenient, more accessible and more efficient", said John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance. Equipment will include fare validators and new configurable ticket vending machines in the MTA's 472 subway stations and 6,000 buses.

An MTA committee on Monday approved a $573 million contract for a new payment system.

Cubic was selected to replace New York's 20-year-old MetroCard system with new technology similar to that recently installed by Cubic for London Transport's trains and buses.

MTA awards $573M to company developing tap system to replace MetroCards