New York’s MTA Celebrates Billionth OMNY Transaction as It Seeks to Put Project Back on Track

NYC subway train

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority last week marked the billionth OMNY transaction, with MTA chairman and CEO Janno Lieber speaking at a press conference at the subway station where the landmark tap occurred. He touted the OMNY contactless open-loop payments program as an “amazing success.” […]

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New York Transit Agency One of First to Link Concessionary Discounts to Open-Loop Cards and Wallets

OMNY gate

In what is believed to be the first major transit agency to roll out concessionary discounts linked to open-loop payments, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority said more than a million seniors and disabled persons are now able to register to receive half-priced fares when they tap contactless credit or debit cards or NFC devices to pay for rides. […]

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New York’s MTA Says OMNY Rollout Falls Further Behind Schedule; Cites Poor Vendor Quality Control, Other Issues

OMNY gates

Officials with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week said the rollout of its OMNY fare-collection system has fallen further behind schedule and isn’t expected to see “substantial completion” until the fourth quarter of 2025–nearly two and a half years later than Cubic Transportation Systems, the system integrator on the project, had originally promised. […]

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Special Report: Interest Grows in ‘White-Label EMV’ for Closed-Loop Transit Cards

Woman holds up new SL closed-loop card based on white-label EMV.

As more transit agencies introduce open-loop fare payments, interest is starting to grow in use of white-label EMV cards that agencies can issue in place of proprietary closed-loop cards for riders who don’t have bank cards or don’t want to use them to pay fares. […]

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New York’s MTA OMNY Service Continues to Grow as Agency Preps Further Rollout This Year

OOMNY terminal

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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Visa, Mastercard Forecast More Contactless Growth in U.S., Spurred in Part by New York Fare Payments Service

The heads of the two largest payments networks in the U.S., Visa and Mastercard, predict strong growth for contactless payments in the U.S., with Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga noting that 70% of U.S. Mastercard-branded cards in the U.S. are coming up for reissue over the next 12 to 14 months, and most of these cards will be issued with a contactless interface. A large number of Visa-branded cards will be reissued with a contactless interface during that period, as well. […]

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