The MTA Board has approved a mobile ticketing program for LIRR and Metro-North Railroads. Vending machines, monthly passes, and ticket windows will still be available.
The $2 million contract with Masabi is for a period of 6 years. The company will develop an application for smartphones and tablets, software for the scanning devices and provide future updates to the MTA.
The MTA can end the agreement at any time. The MTA has to decide how to roll out the new feature.
A Masabi spokesperson says the company was able to implement a similar app for Boston’s commuter railroad within 6 months of the contract being awarded.
Masabi is also working on the app for the NICE Bus on Long Island.
New Jersey Transit recently started offering mobile ticketing as another option for travelers. The New York Waterway’s East River Ferries also use mobile ticketing.
The next generation MetroCard is still years away.
The entry points at subway turnstiles or bus fareboxes require a different configuration.