Riders on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North can begin using two secure payment methods, Apple Pay and Masterpass, on Wednesday when they purchase their tickets on mobile devices, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.
Mobile ticketing lets riders buy and use train tickets anytime or anywhere directly from their mobile devices. Customers can download the free Metropolitan Transportation Authority app on their iPhone or Android.
Customers can buy tickets on the MTA smartphone app eTix before traveling. Just before boarding, riders can activate their ticket on the app and display it to the conductor.
“We have worked tirelessly to rebuild and re-imagine New York’s transit system for the 21st century and a key part of those efforts is to incorporate the amenities that modern-day riders demand,” Cuomo said Tuesday.
“By adding the use of cutting-edge technology like Apple Pay and Masterpass, we are not only making mass transit easier to use, but are also improving the overall experience of riders,” the governor said
The eTix app was rolled out June 30 on the LIRR Port Washington Branch and Metro-North Hudson Line. It then became available on Metro-North’s Harlem Line on July 25 and finally became available on the rest of the LIRR and Metro-North’s New Haven Line on Aug. 22.