Earlier this month, when Apple released iOS 12.3 to the public it brought support for Express Transit, a system that allows users to pay for public transport by tapping on their iPhone or Apple Watch against a terminal.
No authentication is required via Face ID or iOS 12.3 for Apple Pay and the system now supports the New York City subway.
Previously, the feature was only available in the Portland subway, but starting this week, iPhone and Apple Watch users will be able to take advantage of Express Transit support in the New York City subway. This will allow them to skip lines when they try to buy tickets, allowing the world of instant payments that we’ve all been waiting for years.
While this sounds like Apple Pay, and this is the underlying technology that will be used for payment, removing any authentication is a big problem. This will allow users to move faster through ticketing systems.
“Of course, that’s why this is still a kind of test period. At present, the system will be limited to the 4, 5, 6 line between Grand Central-42 Street in Manhattan and Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center in Brooklyn (16 stations in all), along with Staten Island buses. In the case of the 4, 5, 6, that’s almost certainly the most heavily trafficked stations on the most heavily trafficked subway line, so this will be an interesting sort of trial by fire.”
Apple Pay is Available in 16 Stations Only
For it to work, you need an iPhone 6s or SE and later versions with iOS 12.3. The Apple watches series 1, 2, 3 and 4 are compatible and must run the latest version of watchOS 5.2.1. Currently, this is only available in 16 stations.
Support for the wider subway will be added in due course, with the end of 2020 as a window of time that has already been suggested.
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