The MTA on Monday moved forward with a program that would enable mobile ticketing apps for Metro North and Long Island Railroad. Credit: Getty Images
Metro North and Long Island Railroad ticketing may soon go mobile for the first time.
A mobile ticketing program approved by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board committees on Monday would enable railroad riders to buy and display train tickets on their smartphones and tablets.
Through the program, riders could show train conductors tickets on their mobile devices, which may then be visually verified or approved with a handheld device.
MTA officials lauded the new option, which would let railroad customers avoid station lines.
"This is a step forward as we look to use the latest technologies available to make fare payment at all our agencies easier, faster and more convenient," MTA head Thomas Prendergast said in a statement.
Part of a contract with Masabi, LLC, the program is up for final approval by the full MTA Board on Wednesday.