Cubic Transportation Systems business division delivered new fare payment technology for the first phase of New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) public pilot launch of the OMNY fare payment system, which stands for One Metro New York. The MTA’s public pilot launched at 16 stations along the Lexington Avenue line, from Grand Central Terminal to the Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center station.
The OMNY system features mobile and open payments via contactless bankcards and mobile wallets for added convenience to travelers.
Cubic is responsible for the design, integration, supply and implementation of the new fare payment system; associated services for platform hosting, hardware and software maintenance. They’re also responsible for transition services including supplemental call center support.
Features of the OMNY System New York
OMNY allows New Yorkers to create personalized transit accounts to see ride history, check balances, add value as well as report lost or stolen cards to protect their funds.
They also have the option of using credit and debit cards and mobile devices at the bus or turnstile, instead of purchasing and adding value to a separate fare card.
Cubic worked with Apple to enable Apple Pay Express Transit on MTA’s new OMNY contactless payment system, allowing travelers to simply tap their iPhone and Apple Watch to ride. There is no need to wake the device, double tap, open an app or use Face ID or Touch ID.
The system will be expanded to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and the Metro-North Railroad (MNR) during later phases. The integrated fare payment technology provides improved customer convenience and service, reducing cash and increasing out-of-network sales, all while leveraging existing infrastructure.