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Tech News: Start Using Your iPhone or Apple Watch for Some NYC Metro and Bus Routes

Written by Charlie

If you are traveling on certain metro lines in NYC, you will be able to scan just your Apple Watch or iPhone to gain access instead of the ubiquitous MetroCard.

The NYC MetroCard is quite the recognizable item! They are all over the place and commuters scan them thousands and millions of times at turnstiles all over New York City.

Start Using Your iPhone or Apple Watch for Some NYC Metro and Bus Routes

Fortunately, some stations are starting to catch up with technology and your Apple Watch or iPhone will be able to replace that yellow MetroCard – at some stations. This will start May 31 and will be rolled out around the entire system by the end of 2020. Apple is joining Google Play with this support so it should work on your Android device as well.

According to Engadget, here are the stations where you will be able to use Apple Pay instead of the MetroCard:

  • All Staten Island buses
  • 16 subway stations on the 4, 5 and 6 lines between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center (Brooklyn) and Grand Central-42 Street (Manhattan).

Engadget says that you could use that at stations with transfers as well for trains other than the 4, 5, or 6. But, you will need to pay at the entrances for the 4-6 lines.

To find out more about how this will work and what you will need to setup on your device to have this working on day 1 (May 31), go to Engadget to read all about it.

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Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
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