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Bye, MetroCard! The subway’s new contactless payment system is now here

Photograph: Courtesy MTA/Marc A. Hermann

Soon, you'll never have to worry about misplacing your MetroCard again. 

Never again will you have to anxiously swipe and re-swipe and swipe again in a fit of desperation. And never again will you be late to work because you spent an extra five minutes having to buy a new MetroCard since your current one has “insufficient funds.” (Even though you JUST REFILLED IT last week).

Starting today, the NYC subway system is going cardless and, oh boy, are we here for it. The new transit entry system, dubbed One Metro New York (OMNY), will be tap-and-pay, and it's already launched in 16 subway stations along the 4, 5 and 6 lines in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

This new system allows riders to pay their fare by easily tapping their phone, credit and debit cards (or even smart watches or other electronic devices) to the metro vestibule. The MTA states that the entire subway system will go live in October 2020 and subway cards will be entirely phased out by summer 2023. The new system can be linked to a bank account or the official MTA app. For those who don’t have access to a smartphone or credit/debit card, smart cards will be available for purchase inside subway stations.

Sorry MetroCards, but we’re just gonna love watching you leave!