Many New Yorkers are already familiar with the MTA’s contactless payment system, OMNY, that will eventually replace MetroCards and have already been installed in every subway station, the JFK AirTrain and Roosevelt Tramway. However, OMNY’s expansion continues on as the Bronx’s Hudson Rail Link now accepts the tap and go payment.
Riders in the borough’s Riverdale and Spuyten Duyvil sectors have been asking for the installation for some time, reports MTA Chair and CEO Janno Lieber, and the MTA has now “answered that call.” The system is the fastest way to pay for transportation across NYC’s subways, buses, and finally, the Hudson Rail Link, Lieber adds.
The Hudson Rail Link is made up of eight routes between Riverdale and Spuyten Duyvil Metro-North stations on the Hudson Line. It services 900 daily riders, increasing opportunities to travel to Manhattan, Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties.
“The inclusion of OMNY on the Hudson Rail Link not only improves convenience but also broadens the advantages of MTA’s fare programs, guaranteeing fair access and acknowledging loyal ridership,” said Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz. “This development provides commuters with effortless, contactless payment choices, marking a significant step towards more accessible and efficient transportation. The convergence of diverse transit systems under a single innovative payment system showcases progress, generating a more interconnected and inclusive urban mobility environment.”
With a 79% fare payment satisfaction rate, OMNY is continuing to improve the commuter experience. As of July 2023, the entire system reached over one billion taps.
Find the Hudson Rail Link schedule here.