The New York subway is leaping into the 21st century as The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) approved a $573 million contract for a new payment system.
The MTA took a significant step toward a more modern form of payments for passengers riding the subway. Starting in late 2018, New Yorkers can start paying the way Londoners already do, by tapping their mobile phones or specific credit, debit cards at the turnstiles.
Joseph Lhota, chairman of the MTA called the move to phase out the metrocard, transformational stating that: “The move to a truly 21st century method of payment represents a critical step in our overall efforts at modernising the subway system and improving service for all our customers.”
Plagued by delays and overcrowding, the move into contactless could ease the congestion of getting in and out of the stations.
The Metrocard will still be valid until the new system is fully operational, but gone will be the days for many of having to refill a metrocard every month.