We’ve been conscious of the MetroCard’s demise for quite sometime now, as OMNY is expected to replace them entirely by 2024. We were even aware that OMNY vending machines were on there way to stations. However, now that the MTA is finally introducing the OMNY vending machines into select subway stations, we can’t help feeling like it’s the end of an era.
So as we begin this change to a more digital rider experience, let’s break down what to expect on your commutes to come…
What are OMNY vending machines?
OMNY vending machines—similar to MetroCard vending machines—lets riders purchase and reload their OMNY card.
What stations can OMNY vending machines be found?
There are currently OMNY vending machines at the following stations:
- 86 St at the Downtown and Brooklyn entrance
- Atlantic Av-Barclays Center
- At the Atlantic Av/Flatbush Av/Barclays Ctr entrance
- At the Pacific St/4 Av entrance
- Bowling Green
- Fordham Rd at the E 188 St/Grand Concourse entrance
- Fordham Rd
- Junction Blvd
Though additional machines may appear in other stations they may not be in use as the pilot carries on.
What else is there to know about OMNY vending machines?
The MTA is currently offering an introductory, limited-time deal that’s letting riders buy a reloadable card for $1 or a new Single-Ride OMNY ticket for $3.25.
Will OMNY vending machines be installed in all stations?
Yes, OMNY vending machines are expected to be installed in all 472 stations across NYC. The recent pilot installment of OMNY vending machines across the six stations will help MTA receive initial feedback from customers before officially retiring the MetroCard and expanding further.