New York’s MTA starts punching smartphone tickets on 2 commuter rail lines

Commuters making their morning commute from Long Island or Connecticut to New York City will soon be able to ride without their paper tickets and rail passes. Instead, they can show conductors digital tickets on their smartphones.
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is now using Masabi’s smartphone ticketing technology on the region’s two busiest commuter lines, the Long Island Railroad and the Metro-North Railroad. The MTA awarded the Masabi the contract on Wednesday, after an internal trial of its JustRide mobile ticketing system.

Masabi's mobile ticketing app displaying a ticket for the MTA's Metro-North Railroad (Source: Masabi)

Masabi’s mobile ticketing app displaying a ticket for the MTA’s Metro-North Railroad (Source: Masabi)

Though Masabi didn’t say when the system would be live, it and the MTA plan on creating Android and iPhone apps, through which commuters can purchase tickets and passes. The apps will then display barcodes that can be scanned by a conductor or turn-style reader as well as display a digital copy of the actual ticket.
London-based Masabi has already implemented its ticketing in several rail lines in the U.K. as well as Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. New Jersey recently launched a similar mobile ticketing app system-wide called MyTix. The MTA has been no plans yet announced to expand the program beyond those two rail lines, though the system could be optimized for New York’s subway and bus systems as well.