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MTA Announces Upcoming OMNY Milestones in 2024

Updated May 20, 2024 4:15 p.m.
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OMNY to be Introduced to All New York City Students at Start of 2024-25 School Year in September with Student OMNY Cards

Reduced-Fare and Access-A-Ride OMNY Cards will Be Distributed by End of 2024

Paratransit and Pre-Tax OMNY Program Pilots Launched with Wide Rollout by End of 2024

New Ticket Vending Machines to Be Introduced Across LIRR and Metro-North

LIRR and Metro-North Customers Will Continue to Use TrainTime App for Contactless Fare Payment


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced major upcoming milestones in the Authority’s transition from MetroCard to OMNY, the contactless fare payment system, with a major push to expand the reach of OMNY to include all customer groups by the end of 2024 including students, Reduced-Fare, Fair Fares, Access-a-Ride and pre-tax commuter benefit customers, with substantial completion of the rollout across subway, bus, and paratransit services slated for the end of 2025. The rollout will also include upgrades and integrations with the award-winning TrainTime application for railroad ticketing and the implementation of modernized ticket machines on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Metro-North Railroad, which will be substantially completed in early 2026.

All New York City school students will receive student specific OMNY cards instead of MetroCards at the start of the 2024-25 school year in September. OMNY pilots have also been launched for select paratransit and pre-tax commuter benefit customers with a wide rollout to both customer bases expected by the end of 2024. All existing Reduced-Fare MetroCard customers, totaling more than 1.5 million customers, will receive an OMNY card mailed to them by end of 2024.

On LIRR and Metro-North, new modern ticket vending machines will be introduced across the commuter rail system by contractor Scheidt & Bachmann, with TrainTime continuing to service customers for contactless digital payment through contractor Masabi.

“By treating OMNY as the megaproject that it is, we have turned a corner on delivering its benefits to all categories of customers,” said MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber. “The new approach is going to give users the sense of interoperability they expect, while limiting MTA’s contractor risk and saving millions of dollars. Congratulations to the project management team.”

“Since taking the reins, we’ve accelerated the pace of the OMNY program and kept it on budget,” said MTA Construction & Development President Jamie Torres-Springer. “Today's actions mark another milestone toward delivering this vital program to all of our customers.”

“Billions of taps prove that OMNY is the most cost-effective and easy way to pay your fare,” said MTA Chief Customer Officer Shanifah Rieara. “We have created a clear path towards a major expansion of OMNY this year to millions more customers including all New York City school students by the start of this upcoming 2024-2025 school year and more.”

On May 1, the MTA and New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) announced the official launch of the Fair Fares pilot on OMNY. Fair Fares customers registered for the pilot can now use OMNY cards to pay via tap-and-go on New York City subways and buses. The pilot is scheduled to run for 90 days, which will allow the agency to collect feedback from participants, evaluate the pilot, and finalize a plan for the full transition to OMNY across all Fair Fares customers at a later date. There are currently 50 Fair Fares members enrolled and already tapping into the subway system and on buses with OMNY cards as part of the pilot program.

Additionally on April 29, the Authority announced the completion of its OMNY Card Vending Machine rollout pilot program. To date, MTA crews have activated 70 machines at 37 stations with more activations scheduled systemwide as card vending machines are expected to be in all subway stations by mid-2025 – providing additional ways all full fare customers with an OMNY card can reload their cards.

In addition, OMNY was previously rolled out on the Hudson Rail Link, Roosevelt Island Tramway, AirTrain JFK, and to reduced-fare customers who all are now able to pay for the fare on subways and buses through contactless fare payment.

New York City Transit customers are choosing contactless fare payment with a customer satisfaction rate of 85%. More than three quarters (76%) of regular fare customers are now tapping in with OMNY, a 10% increase in overall market share in the past year. Nearly 70% of OMNY customers tap into the system with their smart device with the remaining using debit, credit, or OMNY card.

Due to the success of TrainTime, the next-generation mobile app on the commuter railroads, Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad will continue to build on that platform adding full flexibility for future fare offerings such as joint fare products, pay-as-you-go discounts and easier ticket purchase and validation. TrainTime has earned the trust of riders with over 50 points of market share growth since October 2017, collecting 70% of all railroad revenue, 91% customer satisfaction rating and a 4.9 star rating in the Apple Store.

OMNY is the MTA’s contactless fare payment system — and it's the easiest, most flexible way to pay. Subway and bus customers can simply use their contactless credit or debit card, smartphone, wearable device, or OMNY card to tap and go.

With the MTA’s comprehensive TrainTime app, LIRR and Metro-North customers can buy and activate a ticket; plan trips and see options between up to two origin and two destination stations; view departure times and transfer details for a trip, including for trips using both LIRR and Metro-North; track a train in real-time and watch it arrive with GPS data updated every few seconds; view real-time seat availability and the layout of a train, and chat live with a customer service representative.