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In May 2019, the MTA began the initial rollout of OMNY. This new fare payment system allows passengers to pay fares with a tap, using contactless debit, credit and reloadable prepaid cards; or smart devices equipped with a digital wallet app, such as smart phones, watches and other wearables. An OMNY card—a contactless transit card—will be introduced in later phases of the project: first at retail outlets and eventually at vending machines in subway and railroad stations.

OMNY is targeted for introduction on the Bee-Line Bus System beginning in 2021 or 2022 at the earliest. MetroCard will continue to be accepted by New York City Transit subways and buses and Bee-Line service until 2023, enabling Bee-Line passengers to have the option of using MetroCard or OMNY during the transition phase. By the end of 2023, MetroCard will be discontinued and all Bee-Line passengers will then use OMNY. The Reduced-Fare MetroCard Program will also be converted over to OMNY.

Until Bee-Line begins accepting payments via the new system, OMNY fares cannot be recognized as valid transfers on the Bee-Line system. All Bee-Line passengers who regularly transfer to/from New York City Transit buses and subways should continue to use MetroCard until OMNY is officially introduced on the Bee-Line Bus System.

Learn more about OMNY at https://omny.info.