Apple Pay express public transport expands in NY to reach more cities in 2020

Apple Pay express public transport expands in NY to reach more cities in 2020

Remember the Apple Pay Express Express Mode (Apple Pay Express Transit)? For those who are not familiar with the concept (which is understandable, since it is not yet widely accepted here), it is a feature of the Apple payment system designed for public transport 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 touch the device to the turnstile reading terminal, and your ticket is paid.

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

New York

As announced by the New York public transport agency, MTA, the Apple Pay Express Transit is now available on Penn Station, one of the main train stations in the city and a hub very important intermodal, connecting bus, metro 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 also accept Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay and payment solutions contactless American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa.

At Penn Station, 96 OMNY terminals have already been made available in 18 ratchet batteries, serving lines A, C, E, 1, 2 and 3 of the station. By the end of the month, New Yorkers and tourists will be able to use the technology at 85 stations of the MTA; the agency plans to install the new terminals at all 472 metro stations in the city and on all bus lines by the end of 2020.

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

Washington, DC

Nearby, the Washington, DC public transport agency said the express public transport mode will be accepted on the US capital’s subway next year. Integration will be done through the Wallet app, where users can register their SmarTrip card and pay for travel without unlocking their iPhones or Apple Watches.

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

There is still no specification of when, exactly, the novelty will be made available to passengers in Washington, but new announcements related to that are expected to arrive soon.

Other cities

More expansions of Apple Pay Express Transit are scheduled for 2020 and beyond. Here are the main ones:

  • According to the blog Ata Distance, the resource will expand in the Chinese city of Shenzhen in 2020, with support for Shenzhen Tong and Lingnan Pass cards.
  • In the American city of Philadelphia, the SEPTA agency will accept Apple Pay and other forms of mobile payment starting next year, starting to implement changes in the second quarter. It is not yet clear whether the express public transport mode will be supported.
  • Already in Boston, The Apple Pay Express Transit its pilot program will begin in 2022, with a broad expansion the following year. There will be integration with the CharlieCard card in the Wallet app.
  • In San Diego, in California, a new payment system with support for Apple Pay will begin to be implemented in the city’s public transport by the end of 2020, but without integrating the Wallet with the Compass Card.
  • In Toronto, in Canada, authorities say they will start testing mobile payment methods next year, without specifying the modalities.
  • Already in Montréal, transit agencies plan to add support for Apple Pay in 2022 or 2023 – but only with credit cards, and without 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 São Paulo started to adopt payments through Apple Pay.

via AppleInsider, MacRumors