When a Subway Fare Beater Jumps the Turnstile During a Press Conference for OMNY [VIDEO]
The MTA on Tuesday held a press conference in the subway about the rollout of the OMNY payment system. During the announcement, in which new station rollout and the “5 million taps” milestone were noted, a straphanger apparently jumped the turnstile.
Or, rather, sidled through.
As this news footage from ABC attests, a man is seen wriggling through nonchalantly (at left). See below for video.
The tap-to-pay MetroCard killer will be introduced to sixty additional stations this month, including West 4th, Herald Square, and Bryant Park. By the end of January, nearly 150 stations will be on line.
With OMNY, riders can tap their contactless bank cards or mobile wallet app on their smart phones to pay the per-ride fare. The system will function as such until all subway stations, City bus routes, and the Staten Island Railway are outfitted with the new technology by end of year; Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will follow in early 2021.