Say hello to tap and go, with OMNY

The new, fast, convenient way to pay that’s rolling out this spring.

We’re beginning the rollout of our new fare payment system, called OMNY. Starting May 31, you’ll be able to use your contactless credit, debit, or reloadable prepaid card, or your mobile phone or wearable, to board all Staten Island buses and the 4 5 6 lines between Grand Central-42 Street and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

OMNY will only be available on a full-fare, pay-per-ride basis until every subway station, bus route, and the Staten Island Railway is outfitted with this new technology. Until then, you can keep using MetroCard. Keep an eye out for updates as we introduce OMNY throughout the New York region.

Just tap

Starting May 31, you can use OMNY with:

  • Your own contactless card
    • Most banks and financial institutions already started issuing contactless cards. Contactless cards have this symbol on the front or back: Contactless card symbol
    • If you don’t have a contactless card, you can request one from your bank or financial institution.
  • Your own smart device
    • Link your preferred payment methods to a digital wallet on your mobile phone or wearable.
    • Many digital wallets can be used with OMNY today.

Although cash isn’t accepted for OMNY in the beginning, cash will always be an option to access MTA services. MetroCard will still be an option until OMNY is rolled out system-wide.

Same fare, new flexibility

Until late 2020, when it’s available throughout the entire subway system and on all bus routes, you’ll only be able to use OMNY on a full-fare, pay-per-ride basis. We’ll add more fare options, including time-based passes, reduced fares, student fares, and more, at that point.

OMNY honors the same free transfers between subway stations and buses as MetroCard, as long as those locations are OMNY-enabled. If you plan to transfer at locations that aren’t OMNY-enabled, you should continue using MetroCard.

For more detailed information about OMNY, how it works, and how you can register account, visit

What’s in a name?

OMNY is derived from the concept that we are One Metro New York and is based on the prefix “omni,” which means “all” or “of all things.” We believe that transportation is an essential service that connects communities and brings the diversity and energy of New York together.