On-board credit payments up on Metro-North

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On-board credit card payments are up on the Metro-North after the rail-line implemented a new iPhone based payment system this year, says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The Ticket Issuing Machines were rolled out to 700 conductors at the end of March and as of early April on-board credit card payments accounted for about 25 percent all on-board sales revenues, the MTA announced in its June newsletter Mileposts.

Receipts for non-payment customers have declined by 50 percent due to credit card use.

The TIM systems are iPhone based and allow passengers to slide credit cards attached to the phone managed by conductors. Receipts are printed out via a Bluetooth connected printer.

With the new system customers now have the option to pay on-board with cash, credit cards, pinless debit cards, gift cards and Transit Benefit cards with the option of partial payments from up to two sources.

The MTA is still advising passengers its cheaper to buy your ticket before boarding a train.

Fausto Giovanny Pinto