NYC Rail Lines to Trial Mobile Ticketing
The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has agreed to allow Metro-North Railroad (MNR) and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to trial a mobile ticketing service run by Masabi. The system would let smartphone owners buy their train tickets from their mobile phone any time and use their phone to display their ticket, rather than use a paper ticket. Masabi says its JustRide platform is secure and will allow the MNR and LIRR to manage mobile ticketing with minimal effort. Masabi's mobile ticketing platform will give the two transit companies reporting and real-time analytics, as well as customer service management. The mobile app can be used to purchase all types of tickets, including one-way, round-trip, ten-trip, and weekly/monthly passes. Once purchased, tickets are sent electronically in encrypted form to the smartphone owner. Conductors will be able to validate and/or scan the on-screen tickets with their own handheld device. Neither MNR nor LIRR, which are the two busiest rail lines in the New York region, said exactly when the trial will commence. NJTransit is already trialling a similar mobile ticketing service. Many airlines allow passengers to use mobile boarding passes, but U.S. mass transit has yet to significantly adopt mobile ticketing.
New Yorkers Can Now Buy Train Tickets From Smartphones
Commuters who ride select Long Island Railroad or Metro-North routes can use the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new eTix app to purchase, activate, and use train tickets. The MTA says mobile ticketing is available to those who ride LIRR's Port Washington branch or Metro-North's Hudson Line, with support for all branches/lines due by the end of August.
Nokia Forms Alliance to Standardize Mobile Transit Tickets
Nokia's HERE Maps division and other companies today announced the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance, a new organization they hope will create a single, global standard for NFC-based mobile transit tickets. The goal of the OMTA is to develop a "register once, travel anywhere" system that's interoperable with payment vendors and transit operators around the world.
MTA Approves $573M for Contactless Fare System
New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to do away with the aging MetroCard fare system in favor of one that supports contactless payments, reports the New York Times. The agency has approved a $573 million contract to update the system's turnstiles with new wireless readers that can accept smartphones and certain types of credit/debit cards.
'AT&T Thanks' Program Rolls Out First Offer
AT&T today said its customer appreciation program, called AT&T Thanks, is ready to offer its first perk: Ticket Twosdays. Postpaid customers can score a free movie ticket when they buy one at full price for a Tuesday showing.
MTA Asks NYers to Turn Off the Samsung Galaxy Note7
The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority is asking the public not to use their Galaxy Note7 smartphone on subways or buses. "MTA customers should turn off Samsung Galaxy Note 7 before entering station or boarding bus due to concerns device's battery can ignite," said the agency via its Twitter account.