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  • Pilot Program Lets New Yorkers Pay Transit Fares With iPhone


    iPhone users in New York and New Jersey can now participate in a new pilot program that lets users pay their transit fares wirelessly with Visa payWave. Commuters using New York City Transit, NJ Transit and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will have access to this new program. For now, use in the New York Subway is limited to 28 stops along the Lexington line. If all goes well, it will be expanded across the entire subway system in the future.

    Travelers who want to use Visa payWave must have a special sensor equipped to their iPhones and use an app to wirelessly pay fares. With the app running, riders simply wave their smartphones in front of a card reader and payment is made electronically. This will save riders time and effort by eliminating the need to stand in line to buy tickets. Technology like this will make fumbling for tickets a thing of the past.

    Visa, in conjunction with Bank of America, is working hard to bring smartphone payment systems like this to retailers all over the New York area. Visa has also been deploying the payWave system to other cities such as Paris, London and Singapore.

    If rumors are true, Apple’s next iPhone model will include some form of electronic payment system such as Visa’s payWave. Next year’s “one more thing” may turn out to be the iWallet. We’ll just have to wait and see what Steve and Co. have up their sleeves next.

    Source: 9to5 Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pilot Program Lets New Yorkers Pay Transit Fares With iPhone started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      Removed shame
      nope it isn't cool if you have to mention it.....
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Yay, we're finally implementing technology they've been using in Japan for years, except we're doing it with a crappy phone add-on.
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      Ya this is old stuff and i bet that extra add on costs extra and is pretty big better 2 just buy a metro card
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This is smart, to bad this will never happen in toronto since the TTC sucks
    1. fungusfeet's Avatar
      fungusfeet -
      "Technology like this will make fumbling for tickets a thing of the past."

      And make fumbling around for your phone, launching the app and hoping your battery hasn't run out a thing of the present.

      Stupid idea. (Which part are people liking? Is it that it's on an iphone or just that you can wave something infront of a reader to board a train? I live in London and we use an oyster card so I understand the liking of the 2nd option)
    1. GranDaddyPurp's Avatar
      GranDaddyPurp -
      Well on the app itself, it says you need a In2Pay Case for iPhone.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by fungusfeet View Post
      "Technology like this will make fumbling for tickets a thing of the past."

      And make fumbling around for your phone, launching the app and hoping your battery hasn't run out a thing of the present.

      Stupid idea. (Which part are people liking? Is it that it's on an iphone or just that you can wave something infront of a reader to board a train? I live in London and we use an oyster card so I understand the liking of the 2nd option)
      The idea is a pretty great one. It's huge in Japan and it is in no way limited to just public transportation.
    1. fungusfeet's Avatar
      fungusfeet -
      What idea? Which part is huge in japan?
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      eventually, smart phones will be used to make payments, start our cars, lock our doors, pay fares, etc...

      but if they get stolen, we'll be super screwed
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Japan was already advanced, while the U.S. is much outdated.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeo_herman View Post
      Japan was already advanced, while the U.S. is much outdated.
      Ur just cocky u have pokemon black/white and we don't
    1. SoopaNutz's Avatar
      SoopaNutz -
      This seems cool.
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      I like the idea, but it also invites more danger to having your iPhone stolen.


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    1. gull025's Avatar
      gull025 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      This is smart, to bad this will never happen in toronto since the TTC sucks
      I agree 100%
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      That's really cool.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by fungusfeet View Post
      What idea? Which part is huge in japan?
      Using RFID in phones to purchase items.
    1. emtee25's Avatar
      emtee25 -
      old news plus another old one is using your smartphones in hotels to open the door instead of using a card key.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      its a start to getting this trend going in the states, seems everybody else is doing it but us, with this will have to come an increase in security which im sure thats what the facial recognition patent is for the Next iPhone, just a thought...
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      So why won't the chip in my visa card that I just wave at the card reader work for this? Been using it for years. Seems a lot easier and cheaper.
    1. dale2's Avatar
      dale2 -
      fumble of tickets? what mass transit system in new york uses tickets?
      i remember tokens back in the day, but metrocards are not that difficult to use