Beginning Wednesday morning, you won’t have to worry so much about “what’s in your wallet” before you hop on Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced on Tuesday the addition of Apple Pay and Masterpass digital wallet technology to MTA eTix, the mobile ticketing app.
Just as the Starbucks app eliminates standin in line and waiting to hear your name called, MTA eTix is expected to cut down on ticket lines during busy times.
Metro-North and LIRR riders will be able to purchase one way, round trip, ten trip, weekly, CityTickets and monthly passes through the new app, according to the governor’s office.
"We have worked tirelessly to rebuild and reimagine New York's transit system for the 21st century and a key part of those efforts is to incorporate the amenities that modern day riders demand," Cuomo said. "By adding the use of cutting edge technology like Apple Pay and Masterpass, we are not only making mass transit easier to use, but are also improving the overall experience of riders."
More information from Cuomo's office:
The addition of Apple Pay to the MTA eTix app for Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road provides a convenient option that eliminates the need to type in any credit card numbers, billing info, or security codes to complete a transaction. Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards.
To use Apple Pay in the MTA eTix app, a customers simply selects the ticket or pass they wish to purchase, selects "Pay with Apple Pay" and completes the payment using the Touch ID feature.
Security and privacy are important Apple Pay features. When customers use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.
Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and later. For more information on Apple Pay, visit: http://www.apple.com/apple-pay/.
Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road riders can now choose Masterpass as a payment option within the MTA eTix app on any iOS or Android device. Masterpass securely stores all card details, from the consumer’s chosen Mastercard or other network branded card, allowing for quick and simple payment.
Masterpass, a digital payment service from Mastercard that enables consumers to look no further than their own trusted bank to make fast, simple and secure digital payments – across devices and channels – anywhere they want to shop: online, in-app, and in-store using contactless technology. Masterpass helps make the process of buying a ticket with MTA eTix easier than ever, and leverages the most advanced methods of payment security available today.
For more information on Masterpass, visit www.masterpass.com.
MTA eTix empowers LIRR and Metro-North customers to board using their smartphone instead of a paper ticket, as well as check schedules and see train service status, which interconnects with the popular Train Time apps for Metro-North and the LIRR. The app also offers account management tools, giving railroad customers the ability to secure refunds for unused mobile tickets, request duplicate receipts, and manage profile info such as password and linked credit card numbers. More information about the app is available at http://www.mta.info/mta-eTix.
Individuals interested in accessing MTA eTix can do so at the links below: