Starting Friday, subway riders in New York City will be able to use Apple Pay to swipe in and out of turnstiles.
Apple Pay functionality will initially be limited to the 4, 5, 6 line between Grand Central-42 Street in Manhattan and Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center in Brooklyn. This is probably the most heavily trafficked subway line, and therefore one of the busiest venues Apple Pay has been rolled out as far as travel goes.
The service is also initially limited to single-pass rides. Daily, weekly and monthly passes won’t be therefore be able to use Apple Pay to cover their journey. This is likely to change in the future — although you might be waiting until 2020.
To pay with Apple Pay, simply hold you iPhone or Apple Watch up to the display. It will then beep you through the barricade with a “Go” sign. So long as you’re updated to iOS 12.3 or watchOS 5.2.1, and have an up-to-date credit card, it should work.
However, given the busy-ness of the stations, and the learning curve of any new technology, it’s worth expecting that it might slow things down a little bit before people get used to it. Maybe worth setting off for work a bit early on Friday, then!