Gothamist has provided a first look at the app, which was created by the same people who engineered the existing MetroCard system. The technology has already been rolled out in other markets, but is coming to New York soon, to be fully operational by 2023.
The company Cubic, which created the current MetroCard system, has been hired again to bring New York a customized app and scanner, similar to what’s already being used in Chicago and will be similar to systems used in Vancouver and London…
The MTA signed a $573 million contract with Cubic last November. It plans to install 500 electric readers at 500 turnstiles and on 600 buses starting next May. And the entire system is expected to be converted to the new system by 2023.
The first wave of subway turnstiles will support smart phones and cards with NFC. But the contactless pay technology is expected to eventually support Apple Pay, Google Pay, and RFID.