Tap to Pay Subway/buses
By - ButteredToast77
No special app, google pay is fine.
Thank you for the prompt response! Of course my silly Wageworks card doesn't work for mobile pay. Oh well! At least now I know 😏
Yeah, that part sucks. Feels like wageworks has had enough time to offer a card that works with tap to pay apps, but when the end users aren't really able to go somewhere else with their business they don't have much motivation to make changes.
HealthEquity, the company that bought WageWorks has been saying for over a year that mobile wallet compatibility is coming soon. I think at this point we’ll probably see the virtual OMNY card that can be linked to a credit/debit card and added to your mobile wallet first.
They’re issuing contactless HealthEquity/Wageworks transit debit cards now, which still don’t work for mobile wallets.
Yeah, that’s something at least. The problem there is they can’t issue multiple cards for one WageWorks account. I work for an out of state employer with no presence in the city so I can’t get a transportation spending account. Therefore we have to load enough on my wife’s for the both of us. It works fine for the East Pay Metrocard which is what I’ll have to keep using until they have actual OMNY cards or they support mobile wallets.
Don't forget to unlock your phone before you tap.
Next stupid question, how do they even know if you pay? This bus I'm on right now is so crowded! I did pay though haha, just wondering!
They only really check on select service buses AFAIK. Someone posted here that agents have portable terminals that are able to scan your phone, just like OMNI terminal does, to find out whether you have paid.
Problem I see with this: what if you paid, boarded the bus and then battery in your phone died?
maybe they carry universal chargers? so you can't get away with that excuse. I would.
And they would have to stand next to you waiting until you phone charges to the minimum level? I don't see this happening. I think the blame will just be put on the rider and you will get a ticket.
I will probably keep using MetroCard until OmniCard is available.
Kind of an annoying process but then you should be able to dispute that ticket with the credit card transaction record. Should be able to do by mail without having to show up in court.
You are correct, but who needs a hassle?
> can I just my Google pay account
Or any credit card that has RFID (wireless) which at this point I believe all credit cards do.