Contactless fare payment technology
You might have seen them popping up in subway stations and on buses by now. OMNY readers are point-of-sale terminals, allowing you to pay your fare and enter the system – all in a split second.
Just like you swipe or dip your MetroCard at MetroCard readers, you can tap your contactless card or smart device at OMNY readers. To pay the fare, simply tap your contactless credit, debit, or reloadable prepaid card, or your smart phone, smart watch, or wearable.
As soon as you tap, the OMNY reader will show a message on the screen to confirm if the tap was successful. In certain situations, your tap may not be successful, or the OMNY reader might not be available to accept your tap, so different screens may appear on the OMNY reader. One difference between MetroCard and OMNY is that your free transfer will not be confirmed at the OMNY reader. If your trip qualifies for a free transfer, you will not be charged for that trip. You can register for an OMNY account or sign in to view your trips and charges.
This screen indicates that OMNY is coming soon to your favorite subway stations, bus routes, and Staten Island Railway locations. Learn more about the rollout.
This screen indicates that the OMNY reader is operational and is ready for use. If you see this screen, just tap and go!
Go (Left Arrow)
You made a successful tap at an OMNY reader located at a subway turnstile or at the front door of a bus. Enjoy your ride!
Go (Up Arrow)
You made a successful tap at an OMNY reader located at a vertical subway turnstile or at an accessible service entry gate. Enjoy your ride!
Your tap was not successful, but you can try again.
Tap One Card
The OMNY reader has detected more than one contactless card or smart device and cannot determine which payment method to accept. Try again using only one payment method.
Payment Method Expired
You used a payment method that has expired and the OMNY reader cannot accept your tap. Try again using a different payment method.
Payment Not Accepted
Your payment method was not accepted. You may see this screen if you tapped a cancelled card or if your payment method is blocked or suspended.
Ride Limit Exceeded
You have exceeded the maximum number of taps for one payment method. Using the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) option, you can tap and pay for yourself and up to 3 additional riders with the same payment method on a single trip.
This screen appears in one of several scenarios. For example, you may see this screen if there is a problem with the entry point at the subway turnstile.
Not In Service
This screen appears in one of several scenarios. For example, you may see this screen if the subway turnstile is undergoing maintenance.
This screen appears when the OMNY reader is not in service, but the MetroCard reader is still in service. You can continue using MetroCard when this screen appears at OMNY readers.