While in civilised cities like London using Apple or Google Pay on public transit is so unremarkable as to be unnoticeable, New York City ‘s Public transit system is just gaining access to Google Pay on Metropolitan Transit Authority powered trains and buses.

Google’s Prakash Hariramani explains:

Using Google Pay on MTA is part of OMNY, a contactless payment fare system that lets you tap and go with either your contactless payment card, or your mobile phone or wearable. When the public pilot opens next week, you’ll be able to use Google Pay to board all Staten Island buses and subway stations along the 4-5-6 lines between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center—no need to stand in line for a MetroCard.

Using Google Pay to ride with your phone is simple. No need to open the app or unlock your device—and it’s the same price as a single ride MetroCard. Plus, it’s more secure. You don’t have to worry about losing your MetroCard, and Google Pay doesn’t share your actual credit or debit card number when you pay

The TL:DR of this is that you’ll be able to use any Google Pay equipped phones to travel on select MTA routes instead of using your metro card. Your phone can really be your wallet in this instance.

Google is also adding a new feature to let you know which transit routes offer Google Pay or not when you look up transit directions. Google notes New York City’s MTA, Melbourne’s myki and London’s TFL (spoiler: all).

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