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Metrocard Swipes to be Replaced by Contactless System

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The New York City subway system may soon be getting an update. Commuters are often frustrated by the MTA’s Metrocard system – sometimes, they don’t swipe properly; when the funds on the card run low, the machines in the stations sometimes aren’t working, or will only take cash.

A potential solution is a contactless subway card. The MTA has begun introducing this system into a few stations and on buses in Staten Island, and is expanding it over the next several years. Once the contactless system, called One Metro New York, or OMNY, is fully operative, Metrocards will be phased out.