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MasterCard and Citibank Begin Trial of Contactless Credit Cards in New York Subways

by Peter Andrew

MasterCard

and Citibank Begin Trial of Contactless Credit Cards in New

York Subways

MasterCard and Citibank yesterday began a six-month trial of

contactless credit card payments at select stations within the

New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) transit

system. To evaluate how the "Tap & Go" payments

perform within a busy subway environment, pre-selected Citi

credit card and Citibank customers are using the contactless

cards at Lexington Avenue Line 4, 5, 6 stations, between the

138th Street stations in the Bronx, two stations in Queens,

and Borough Hall Station in Brooklyn.

Participants

in the trial are able to pay their fares by tapping their contactless

Citi card on a specially-equipped reader built into the subway

turnstile. The question in the trial is whether subway riders

will prefer to use such contactless technology over the current

system of purchasing subway cards, and can the system be administered

effectively without undue confusion.

Published 07/12/06 (Modified 05/07/12)


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