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Apple Pay Express Transit Mode Expands in NY and Will Reach More Cities by 2020

Remember the Apple Pay express public transport mode (Apple Pay Express Transit)? For those unfamiliar with the concept (which is understandable, as it is not yet widely accepted here), this is a feature of Ma's payment system designed for public transportation systems around the world.

With it, passengers can pay for their tickets without opening the Wallet app or even unlocking the iPhone / Apple Watch just by touching the device to the ratchet reading terminal, and their ticket is paid.

A few weeks ago we talked about how the resource was coming to London's public transport system; now he is in another wave of expansion reaching one of the main hubs in New York and about to land in a bit more cities. Let's take a look?

New York

As announced by the New York Public Transport Agency, the MTA, the Apple Pay Express Transit is already available at Penn Station, one of the city's main train stations and a hub important intermodal, connecting bus, subway and transport lines to other cities and airports.

Integration with Apple Pay Express Transit is part of OMNY (One Metro New York), a system developed by MTA that aims to modernize the agency's payment network. In addition to Apple Pay, OMNY turnstiles support Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay and payment solutions. contactless from American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa.

At Penn Station96 OMNY terminals have already been made available on 18 ratchet batteries, serving station lines A, C, E, 1, 2 and 3. By the end of the month, New Yorkers and tourists will be able to use the technology at 85 MTA stations; The agency intends to install the new terminals on all 472 city subway stations and on all bus lines by the end of 2020.

The disadvantage is that, for now, OMNY only accepts full price tickets and does not support travel passes or discounted ticket users. The MTA states that this limitation will be resolved as early as 2020.

Washington, D.C.

Nearby, Washington's public transit agency, D.C. said express public transport would be accepted on the US subway from next year. The integration will be done through the Wallet application, where users can register their SmarTrip card and make travel payments without unlocking their iPhones or Apple Watches.

The subway is ready for mobile devices, as announced by CEO Paul J Wiedefeld. SmarTrip will hit iPhone and Apple Watch next year. More announcements coming soon!

There is still no specification as to when, exactly, the news will be made available to Washington passengers, but new announcements related to it are coming soon.

Other cities

More expansions of Apple Pay Express Transit are planned for 2020 and beyond. The main ones:

  • According to the blog Ata Distance, the resort expanding in the Chinese city of Shenzhen in 2020, with support for Shenzhen Tong and Lingnan Pass cards.
  • In the American city of Philadelphia, SEPTA will accept Apple Pay and other forms of mobile payments from next year, starting to implement the changes in the second quarter. It is not yet clear whether the express public transport mode will be supported.
  • J in Boston, O Apple Pay Express Transit have its pilot program started in 2022, with broad expansion the following year. There will be integration with the CharlieCard card in the Wallet app.
  • In San DiegoIn California, a new payment system with Apple Pay support will begin to be implemented for public transportation in the city by the end of 2020, but without integration of the Wallet with the Compass Card.
  • In Torontoin Canada, officials say they will begin testing with mobile payment methods next year, without specifying the modalities.
  • J in Montral, transit agencies want to add support to Apple Pay in 2022 or 2023 but only with credit cards, and no integration with the OPUS card.

Here in Brazil, we still have no news of when the feature will be implemented who knows soon, as some cities like Rio de Janeiro and So Paulo started to adopt payments by Apple Pay.

via AppleInsider, MacRumors