Though we learned last year that the NYC subway’s iconic MetroCards would be replaced by OMNY (the “tap-to-pay” system) by 2023, we didn’t think about what that would mean for the bulky, metal (and dare we say, beloved?) machines that have become such an integral part of New Yorkers’ commutes.
New York Magazine recently paid homage to the machine, marking what will be our last year with them. The switch to new OMNY vending machines (which will provide cards for those who can’t pay with a smartphone or credit card with contactless pay) will begin early in 2023 — they confirmed with the manufacturers of the new machines — and is estimated to be completed by the end of the year.
Which means by that by the end of next year, the MetroCard machines will be no more.
It will definitely mark the end of an era, as the machines have been part of every New York City subway station since 1999, and were thoughtfully designed to be easy-to-use for New Yorker refilling their cards each day or each week. Speaking to the lead designers of the original machine, the outlet shared they organized its functions by color to make it more user-friendly: green for cash, blue for credit cards, yellow where the MetroCard comes out, red for change and receipts. And, it gives it an almost “cheery” look.
Plus, the screen aims to be accessible, with large 54-size font and only one question or choice in each view as you click through.
You can read more about the history of the machine and its design here; and get ready to say goodbye for good soon…