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New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority said contactless open-loop fare payments now make up around 16% of transactions. MTA will continue to roll out the new fare-collection system through 2023.

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Riders have tapped their NFC devices and contactless EMV cards for more than 100 trips since the MTA launched the OMNY pilot in May 2019. Nearly 80% of the rides are on the massive New York City Subway system.

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As New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority marked the two-year anniversary since launching the first phase of its high-profile OMNY open-loop fare payments rollout in May 2019, transactions continue to grow.

Riders were tapping for more than 17% of all rides on the authority’s massive subway system and for around 14% on the entire system, both subway and buses. That’s according to figures released by the MTA to Mobility Payments around mid-June. As of then, the agency said customers had tapped for a total of more than 93 million rides since the service launched.

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