Digital Subway Swipe Scanners Spotted at Broadway–Lafayette Station
The future is now. MetroCard swipes are gradually transitioning to contactless paying, twenty-five years after the former was first introduced.
We spotted the addition of Cubic-branded digital readers mounted to turnstiles in the Broadway-Lafayette subway station. Not yet ready for primetime, though, with a “coming soon” teaser message.
EV Grieve also noted the arrival of this technology at the Astor Place IRT station.
You’ll recall that the MTA board approved the contract for this digital system in October 2017. In addition to the archaic MetroCard, straphangers can instead use mobile wallets like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, or tap a contactless bank card at turnstiles and on buses across the city.
The name – OMNY (“One Metro New York”).
MetroCards won’t be completely phased out until 2023; the MTA’s smart card is still two years away.