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The first OMNY card vending machines have opened in the New York subway: what passengers need to know


Alina Prikhodko

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently announced the first OMNY card vending machines at select metro stations - they have already been installed, reports Silive.

“Tap-and-go is the future of our subway and bus system,” said MTA President of Construction and Development Jamie Torres-Springer. “This is an opportunity for passengers who pay with cash to easily receive and top up OMNY cards.”

The machines allow riders to use cash, credit and debit cards to purchase an OMNY card for contactless fare payment throughout the city's transit system. This expansion is designed to provide greater convenience and flexibility for metro riders.

“Installing OMNY machines in subway stations allows riders, especially those who pay cash for their fares, to make the MetroCard a thing of the past and embrace a contactless payment option,” said NYC Transit President Richard Davey. “Our station agents are trained and ready to support customers switching to OMNY so they can start using their cards.”

As a limited-time introductory offer, the new OMNY cards cost $1, which is the same price as a new MetroCard. OMNY cards are valid for up to five years, which is more than three years longer than newly issued MetroCards.

Installing OMNY machines at all 472 metro stations is a long process, it is expected to last until 2024.

The first batch of machines is already available at the following stations:

  • 86 St and Lexington Ave (4, 5, 6 lines)
  • Atlantic Ave-Barclays Ctr (2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, Q, N, R lines)
  • Bowling Green (4, 5 lines)
  • Fordham Rd (Line 4)
  • Fordham Rd (B, D lines)
  • Junction Blvd (line 7)

In addition, passengers can take advantage of OMNY service on city buses and the Staten Island Rail Road.

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