NEW YORK CITY – Farewell, MetroCards – the OMNY contactless payment system will soon offer straphangers unlimited rides after 12 taps.
The long-awaited rate cap pilot will begin seven days a week beginning Feb. 28, MTA officials said.
The program will eliminate questions from subway and bus riders about whether to pre-purchase unlimited or weekly fares, or continue to use the OMNY tap-to-pay system, President Janno Lieber said Monday. and CEO of the transit agency.
“After 12 rides as they say, 13 is your lucky number,” he said. “Anything over 12 rides in a week from Monday will be free.”
Unlimited weekly rides for OMNY customers aren’t the only fare change announced by Lieber and other MTA officials.
Beginning Feb. 25, LIRR and Metro-North commuter rail passengers can purchase a 20-ride option or monthly ticket at a 10% discount.
And for New York City residents, the MTA will offer a flat $5 off-peak ticket for commuter rail rides within the city.
“This means a parent, someone who is the parent of young children living in southeast Queens, can take the railroad to Penn Station as well as to the now off-peak Atlantic for this incredibly flat fare. reduced by $5,” Lieber said.
Sarah Meyer, MTA’s chief customer officer, noted that many city dwellers in places with poor subway service can actually save time on many trips.
“You can save 20 minutes, 30 minutes on your commute,” she said.
The rate promotions will last at least four months and become permanent if successful, Lieber said. He said officials hope the new prices will not only bring more fairness to prices for New Yorkers, but also encourage more passengers to return to the system.
About 3 million people a day use the subway and buses, compared to about 5 million daily trips before the coronavirus, Lieber said.