Almost two years have passed since we wrote that New York City would finally upgrade its transit system to make contactless "loss-to-pay" payments, but Apple's Tim Cook says it will eventually come true – on the company's Q2 Earnings Call Today, CEOs said that Apple Pay will start rolling out to the New York City's MTA transit system starting in "early summer" this year so you can tap a phone or pay for it immediately.
But it will probably not be only to be Apple Pay, because a few quick web searches show that NYC has actually already announced a specific date for a contactless payment system that will support other phone-based wallets (perhaps competing Android Pay? ) And even contactless Credit Cards.
It's called OMNY (you know, like "omni" spelled NY for New York), and it's scheduled to start May 31
Discovered an activated but not alive #OMNY reads on Atlantic Ave. My phone discovered NFC and picked up Apple Pay. It was read quickly, but was rejected since it is not yet living. Gothamist reported that New Yorkers began to see the new contactless readers rolling out at the first wave. – Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) April 6, 2019
Gothamist of supported stations earlier this month, but they do not appear to be activated yet. CBS NY also received a brief demonstration of a disembodied system, which you can see here.