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NYC Subways To Go Mobile Payment-In 2022 (Or Maybe A Bit Later)

April 14, 2016

You can’t fight City Hall, nor can you apparently accelerate it. But mobile payments progress is still mobile payments progress and the county’s largest mass transit system on Wednesday (April 13) committed to moving to mobile payments for all mass transit activity. But New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) being the bureaucracy that it is, the RFP that it published Wednesday gives contractors “69 months” (five years and nine months) from the “Notice of Award date to substantial completion.”

It’s clearly not known how long it will be until that award date-which will follow a lengthy bid submission and evaluation process-but even if it happens this year, that still pushes the deployment to about 2022. Unless, of course, there are implementation delays. In New York City? What are the odds?

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