NYC subways get tap-to-ride turnstiles starting late 2018

From Engadget - October 23, 2017

MetroCards will continue to work through 2023, so do not worry about rushing to replace your phone or bank cards.The new system should not be picky about payment types, either, so you can expect Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay (among others) to function just as well while you are scrambling to catch your ride to work.

The city is late to the party when it comes to tap-to-ride systems -- just ask the Londoners who have been using one for years.However, its introduction could speed up (or at least cement) the adoption of NFC in the US.When roughly 6 million people are riding the NYC subway every day, that's a lot of people who will eventually need to tap cards and phones on a daily basis.If tap-to-pay does not become ubiquitous in the US in the near future, that 2023 MetroCard cutoff might just finish the job.


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