The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority is currently upgrading its payment system to a tap and go contactless system. This allows riders to pay their fare by simply tapping their card or mobile phone on a designated reader. It will also work with smart watches. Learn more about how the technology works here.
This is a great step towards improving accessibility. The MetroCard that is used now has to be swiped and inserted in a certain direction. I have low vision and on days where I was rushing to catch a train I could easily get confused on which way to insert the card.
This upgrade will speed up the process for everyone. Those with mobility issues would just have to swipe their smart watch.
Swiping a card does add extra time and now being able to simply tap and go will cut down the time it takes to enter the turnstyle or paying the fare in a bus.
Here is a demonstration of how the MTA OMNY system works.
The MetroCard will only be accepted until 2023. Then it will go the way of the token.
I have not been able to try this but I would definitely like to try it when I get an opportunity.
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Hey Jazmin, I like this blog, Being a visually impaired person I also appreciate this innovation ie tap and go contactless system. This is a new step towards technology. I really love to read articles like this. By the way, with your permission, I would like to introduce myself. I am Pramit, Founder of Louie Voice Control, an app that allows a visually impaired person like me to control popular apps like Uber, YouTube, WhatsApp, Contacts, Call Logs, Google Search, text messages and Phone calling with just voice command.
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Thank you Pramit, it is nice to meet you. That app sounds interesting. Where can I learn more about it.
The App is currently available on the google play store for Android devices with Android version 7 and above and we have already started working on the iOS version which will release early next year. Click on the link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visioapps.louie Regards Pramit, Founder of Louie Voice Control.
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Hey Jazmin, Please Do share your feedback or suggestions. Thanks. Pramit, Founder of Louie.