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Reasons why adoption is so low for EMV-enabled OMNY card. Also: SEPTA is believed to have reached the short-list stage; lucrative–and late–an Irish contract is expected to be finalized soon; Conduent Gets a 5-year contract renewal in New Jersey.

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Document: Cost summary from Conduent’s 2018 contract with NJ Transit

Document: RFP from SEPTA, 2023

Organizations Mentioned:

• MTA (New York)
• SEPTA (Philadelphia)
• NTA (Ireland)
• NJ Transit (New Jersey)
• Cubic
• Conduent
• InComm Payments
• Accenture
• Scheidt & Bachmann

As Mobility Payments reported late last month, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been issuing a reloadable closed-loop OMNY card since October 2021, which uses white-label EMV technology. But the card still makes up only 3% of OMNY transactions, according to an MTA spokesman.

That is a low rate of usage, especially given that the card is meant to serve riders who cannot or will not use credit and debit cards or open-loop cards in NFC wallets. This represents a lot of riders.

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