Samsung simplifies subway fare payments with Tap&Pay

Sep 26, 2019

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For years, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has been talking up plans to replace the MetroCard — an often-buggy, anything-but-modern payment card used at fare gates throughout NYC and the surrounding areas. Finally, a new contactless-payment solution has begun popping up, and smart wallet platforms have been working hard to help get the word out.

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This week, Samsung Pay added a new “Tap&Pay” feature, matching the functionality already available with Google Pay and Apple’s Wallet app. Now, once you select a default card, you can pay the fare just by tapping your device. You don’t need to turn on your screen or authenticate the transaction as you would in a store.

It won’t just work in New York City, of course — soon, contactless-payment fare gates around the country should support Tap&Pay, and you can already use it in Portland, Oregon, too.

Best yet, you can add a wide variety of cards to Samsung Pay — the service is compatible with cards issued by 2,000+ banks and credit unions, but whenever you’re taking the subway, be sure that you’re using a card that offers a high return on travel purchases, as train fares typically code as travel.

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