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Introducing OMNY, the MetroCard's replacement

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2 hours ago, R68OnBroadway said:

My (unpopular) opinion is that ferries should never get a free transfer to the rest of the network. Not only would the agency difference lead to political issues, but they are so heavily subsidized that it would be a disaster for taxpayers. Pretty much everyone who lives near them is also rich enough to pay for two or three fares (the ferry should get a $6.75 fare since it’s a premium service).

This isn’t at all a hot take. I assume you saw the CBC report? 

https://cbcny.org/sites/default/files/media/files/REPORT_NYCFERRY_03282019_0.pdf

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Should fold that ferry service into the city since hornblower is a disaster and a money windfall

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http://web.mta.info/capitaldashboard/allframenew_pi.php?PROJNUM=t7040401&PLTYPE=5

T7040401

Description: 

New Fare Payment System - OMNY, Phase 2

MTA is implementing OMNY, a new "contactless" (smart card) fare payment system that is based on open payment standards, and more particularly, chip-embedded bank card technology, at all of our operating agencies. Our customers will have the convenience of paying their fare with their own contactless bank card, either a credit or debit card, by tapping the card on a card reader at entry to our various transportation services. We will offer an MTA-issued smart card for those customers who otherwise only have or prefer to use cash for payment so that they may have the same access, including for reloading EZ Pass accounts. This system will be implemented at all MTA agencies. This means that ultimately one card can act as an intermodal pass, allowing the same customer to ride all of MTA's services seamlessly in one trip. The system will be phased in by agency, starting with NYCT. At NYCT, this system will replace MetroCard. The project includes: purchase and installation of contactless readers at all subway stations and on buses; a back end system to manage customer accounts and payment processing, data collection, and reporting; design and installation of a robust TCP/IP Ethernet based communications network at all subway stations to support transaction processing; and purchase and installation of vending machines in stations.

 

Const End July 2023 12% Complete

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9 minutes ago, Union Tpke said:

Const End July 2023 12% Complete

What does the 12% denote? Is this the p/c complete of the total project or just the installation of the readers?

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2 minutes ago, ibroketheprinter said:

What does the 12% denote? Is this the p/c complete of the total project or just the installation of the readers?

The total project.

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One thing they could do to make things a little smoother would be to offer fare-capping on bank card payments. 

That’s where the charges are automatically limited so as not to exceed the cost of a pre bought pass. e.g. You paying per ride during a week. At the point at which you’ve paid the price of a seven day pass, no further charges happen for the remainder of the week.

 

It’s a very fair way of charging - especially for those that can have unpredictable travel needs, who as it stands can end up over paying when their actual rides aren’t what they expected.

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