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OMNY

Postby Kilo Echo » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:07 am

The MetroCard is being phased out in favor of OMNY (One Metro New York). The MTA expects the transition to be complete by 2023.

New York Post article: MTA to begin pilot for MetroCard replacement next week.
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Re: OMNY

Postby orangeline » Thu Mar 07, 2019 7:20 am

Is this OMNY going to be similar to Chicago's Ventra which repleced CTA transit cards several years ago? IIRC Ventra was to be usable to pay fares for all Chicago area transport (Pace bus, Metra), except for South-Shore line. It could also function as a debit card. There were problems in the beginning.
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Re: OMNY

Postby andrewjw » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:28 pm

It's supposed to be a carbon copy of Oyster from London. Ventra and Key are the same general technology but had more customization points (ability to use Ventra balance as a debit card, for instance) that brought headaches.
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Re: OMNY

Postby Kilo Echo » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:40 pm

How does this sort of system affect privacy?
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Re: OMNY

Postby andrewjw » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:06 pm

Just like Metrocard, the transit agency can keep a log of when and where every farecard was used, and link single-trip and new-card information based on using the same credit cards. The big difference is single-trips are essentially 'zero overhead' for credit card users.
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