ARE THERE FREE TRANSFERS?
Yes. However, the MTA noted that you must use the same payment method throughout each individual trip to qualify.
“If you use your card to ride the subway, you must use that same card to get your free transfer to a local bus,” the MTA said in a statement. “You cannot switch between your card and other payment methods and still get your free transfer.”
The transfer window will remain at two o’clock.
CAN I TAP-AND-GO ANOTHER CYCLIST THROUGH?
The MTA said the same referral rules used with MetroCards also apply to OMNY.
You can tap up to four times in an hour with your phone, card or OMNY card. This means you can tap yourself and three other people. So if you’re a family of five or more with just one device or card, you’ll need to get another.
Note: Only the first of four taps counts as the calculator up to 12+ for unlimited weekly conversion on OMNY.
CAN I ADD MY TRANSPORT ADVANTAGE CARD?
The MTA has recommended contacting the company that issues your commuter benefits card to request a card with an NFC chip. Most companies will send you one. If not, there is a workaround: you can add the commuter benefits card to your smartphone wallet. Once the card is inserted into your phone, you no longer need to remove the physical card. When you approach an OMNY reader, just hold your phone close to the reader, and it will automatically pop up and deduct the cost of the trip.
DOES THE MTA STORE MY DATA AND TRACK ME?
CAN I FOLLOW MYSELF?
Yes. You can create an OMNY accountwhere you can access a personalized dashboard that will present your activity.
WHAT IF MY PHONE DIES?
Welp, you might want to get a portable charger in the age of OMNY because if your phone dies and you use your phone to pay, it won’t work. You will need to use something else like a debit/credit card or a physical OMNY card.
If your phone breaks in the middle of your trip and you need to make a transfer, let the MTA bus operator or the stand attendant at the subway station know and they may let you through.
Note: Although metro stations do not have charging stations, newer buses do have charging ports.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR OMNY?
According to the MTA, OMNY features rolling out in 2022 (in addition to fare capping) include expanded payment functionality, Access-a-Ride ID EU card for paratransit, business-to-business portal for wholesales , a discount card, Vans mobile sales, OMNY vending machines, one-way tickets and cash management.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE REDUCED RATE, ARE SENIORS INCLUDED?
Yes. And the fare reduction would be the same as currently with MetroCard. You will therefore pay the same rates. It will happen this year, but the date is TBD, so keep using your MetroCard for now.
I’M IN A HURRY, WILL THIS SAVE ME TIME?
Using a tap-and-go payment method is faster, according to the MTA, especially when you have a bent MetroCard or if the turnstile reader is dirty. No more of that :