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A new mobile ticketing service will be available to New York City residents and visitors in a number of months, according to the vice president of Masabi, a mobile ticketing platform that has been chosen to provide mobile ticketing for both the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road.
Riders on the commuter train lines will be able to purchase every type of ticket from single rides to monthly passes via a mobile app and mobile website. Conductors will be equipped with handheld devices that scan the mobile pass.
Of course, paper tickets will still be available on all lines and there will be no price difference between the paper and electronic tickets.
Metro-North and the LIRR each carry about 83 million people per year.
What’s more exciting for city dwellers is that todays’ announcement signals the first official step towards rolling out mobile ticketing to the city’s more than 200 subway stations.
An MTA spokesperson says the agency is currently researching new technology.
“We are definitely researching a next generation replacement for the MetroCard,” says Marjorie Anders. “Tech is changing so fast. It’s hard to keep up.”