OMNY, the contactless fare payment system is growing in popularity in the subway system.
The new contactless system surpassed three million taps on November 5. Since OMNY is doing so well, the MTA has unveiled the next stations where OMNY will be available, starting next month.
The new stations to get OMNY are as follows, according to a press release:
• Penn Station: 1,2,3,A,C,E
• Whitehall Street: R, W
• South Ferry: 1
• 86 St – Bay Ridge: R
• Sutphin Blvd-Archer Av-JFK E, J, Z
• St. George and Tompkinsville stations on the Staten Island Railway
Additionally, they shared in that these line segments will be added in December:
• 51 St to 125 St: 4,5,6
• 138 St-Grand Concourse to Woodlawn: 4
• Rector St to 59 St-Columbus Circle: 1
It was also announced that by the end of the year, more stations on the 4,5,6 lines and 1,2,3 lines in Manhattan and in the Bronx will be OMNY-equipped – marking the first time the OMNY will be in all five boroughs.
In December, the blitz phase will begin, and by next year the MTA hopes to install OMNY in all 472 subway stations and bus routes.
Al Putre, OMNY Program Executive, said in a press release that, “Some of the next stations to receive this payments technology will allow Staten Island bus customers in particular who use OMNY to seamlessly utilize all available free transfer capabilities for Staten Island bus routes just as a MetroCard user might today.”
Putre continued, “The public pilot has been immensely successful, and what we’ve learned over these last several months will inform our work ahead as we scale OMNY across the entire transit system.”
The OMNY system has successfully tapped cards from over 112 countries. The countries span the globe to every continent except for Antarctica.