2019年5月28日 星期二

N.Y. Today: Subway Swipe? Soon, Tap to Pay

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

New York Today
Subway Swipe? Soon, Tap to Pay
It's Tuesday.
Weather: Showers expected before noon, and thunderstorms by midafternoon. Temperatures hover in the mid- to upper 60s.
Alternate-side parking: In effect until Thursday (Solemnity of the Ascension).
Mary Altaffer/Associated Press
Get ready to tap your way onto the subway and the bus.
Starting Friday afternoon, subway riders at 16 stations and bus riders on Staten Island will be able to pay their full fares by tapping their smartphones, or credit and bank cards.
It's part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's long-held plan to modernize and upgrade its infrastructure. By 2023, the M.T.A. website says, "we will say goodbye to MetroCard."
How does it work?
Instead of swiping, you hold your phone or contactless card up to a big blue reader (my term) at the turnstile.
This new technology is part of what the M.T.A. calls OMNY — One Metro New York.
That big blue reader will charge your credit card or bank account for the cost of a ride. (Reminder: Full fares for subways and local buses are $2.75, and express buses are $6.75)
Tech note: That big blue reader uses a radio-based technology called near-field communication, or N.F.C.
The reader interacts with digital wallets inside of smartphones and wearable technology (like Apple watches and, presumably one day, tinfoil hats), as well as contactless bank or credit cards (they have a symbol that looks like a Wi-Fi signal).
Before you tap, you need to set up a digital wallet.
Check this M.T.A. site before you ride.
Where can I try this?
For now, the readers are only at 16 subway stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as on every bus on Staten Island (local and express).
Those stations include Grand Central in Manhattan, Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center in Brooklyn and 14 stations in between.
Do I want to try this?
Maybe not yet.
Right now, the tap technology only allows people to pay full fare.
If you have a time-based pass (weekly or monthly MetroCard) or a discounted fare, the tap technology cannot yet accommodate you.
People using time-based passes and discounted rides will be able to use the tap technology in late 2020, when the M.T.A. expands the locations of N.F.C. readers.
So, if you are an occasional subway rider, or curious about the technology and want to be a bit of a guinea pig, by all means go for it.
What about riders who don't have, or don't want to use, smartphones or bank and credit cards?
The M.T.A. will introduce OMNY cards that riders can tap.
Why is the M.T.A. doing this?
The M.T.A. has several reasons: It will save the agency money, because the MetroCard technology is old and maintaining it is expensive.
The M.T.A. also says tap technology is more reliable. Remember how many times it took Hillary Clinton to swipe into the subway? (Five.)
The technology will also reduce the need for so many people to line up at MetroCard vending machines when they need to buy or reload cards.
Getting rid of those vending machine lines will provide much-needed breathing room in some stations.
Will this make our transit system futuristic?
Not quite.
Lots of stores already use tap technology for payments.
And cities like London, Chicago, Washington and Montreal use a version of tap technology on their public transit systems, too.
From the archives
Meyer Liebowitz/The New York Times
We're well into baseball season, and this week the Yankees face the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox at home. But here, in one of the most famous moments in World Series history — celebrated, if you were a Dodgers fan; contested, if you preferred the Bronx Bombers — Jackie Robinson, self-described as "old, fat and gray" at 36, stole home during Game 1 of the 1955 Series.
"Yogi Berra, the Yankee catcher, protested vehemently that he had made the tag in time," The Times wrote when this photo first ran.
See more old photos at our archival storytelling project, Past Tense, and on Instagram: @nytarchives.
From The Times
Tiffany Cabán, a public defender who is running for district attorney in Queens.  Tiffany Cabán, a public defender who is running for district attorney in Queens. 
Gabriella Angotti-Jones for The New York Times
Why Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed a public defender in next month's primary election for Queens district attorney.
Nxivm's branding ritual was scripted by its cult leader to be "like a sacrifice."
A 71-year-old woman in Bushwick was killed, and her husband was wounded, in a stabbing attack.
"I'm weird, but I get results": Devin Person of Brooklyn is a self-proclaimed professional wizard.
[Want more news from New York and around the region? Check out our full coverage.]
The Mini Crossword: Here is today's puzzle.
What we're reading
People waited 90 minutes or more to ride city ferries last weekend. [New York Post]
Mayor de Blasio wants an investigation into a community board purchase of a $26,000 vehicle. [The City]
Eight ducklings inside a sewer were reunited with their mother with the help of the police on Staten Island. [SILive.com]
The comedian John Oliver, who was born in England, said he was a Mets fan because it's "not acceptable to come to America and support the Yankees." [Daily News]
A look inside ornate turrets (including Tommy Hilfiger's, complete with an old New York Times building chandelier). [New York magazine]
Coming up today
A literary happy hour with free drinks and food at the Word Up Community Bookshop in Manhattan celebrates the work of Ta-Nehisi Coates and four other authors. 6 p.m. [Free]
At the New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in Manhattan, multidisciplinary performances pay tribute to Jewish cultural icons. 7 p.m. [Free]
Watch a Subway Creatures podcast recording for the premiere of Blue Point Brewing Company's "What the L?" beer at Brooklyn Bowl. 8 p.m. [$5]
— Vivian Ewing
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times's culture pages.
And finally: The Surf Lodge bathroom problem
The Surf Lodge in summer 2017. The Surf Lodge in summer 2017.
Steven Henry/Getty Images for Tinder
The Surf Lodge in Montauk is legendary.
So was its bathroom problem.
The casual-chic hotel and lounge opened in 2008 and drew a mix of celebrities, weekenders and local fishermen. Technically speaking, it can accommodate 395 people. For years, there were only four women's bathroom stalls.
You can imagine the problems.
For a while, it was part of the lodge's, um, charm.
"So much of my daily job involved people needing to pee," a bouncer at the lodge, Jonny Lennon, told the journalist Alyson Krueger recently.
Celebrities and a few others somehow managed to skip the long bathroom lines.
But eventually a problem emerged that no amount of well-connectedness could ameliorate.
The lodge's bathroom relied on an old septic tank that was leaking into a local pond.
For years, the lodge worked on a solution. It was unveiled last weekend: The Surf Lodge has 12 new bathroom stalls, and a new tank. The total bill came to $1.4 million.
The party may now resume.
It's Tuesday — have you solved your bathroom problem?
Metropolitan Diary: In Rhythm
Dear Diary:
Years ago, as a summer intern, I was dispatched to Fordham University to repair the set of an outdoor musical theater production that had been damaged by heavy winds.
Unfortunately, the time available to make the repairs before the performance scheduled for that evening coincided with an orchestra rehearsal.
A few hours later, the repairs and the rehearsal were complete, and I had received a round of applause from the members of the orchestra after learning to hammer in time to the music.
I was reminded of that episode recently as a ventilation duct was being built in my building's courtyard. I could hear the workers hammering sheet metal to the rhythms of Chinese opera.
— Neile Weissman
Metropolitan Diary: Nice Tie
Dear Diary:
I was standing on a crowded No. 6 train. I looked down to see that a woman sitting there was staring directly at me. More specifically, she was staring at my tie. It had a Shakespeare theme, with images of his face and quotations from his works.
"Where did you get that tie?" she asked.
"My mother," I said sheepishly. Not surprisingly, there was a bit of laughter around me.
"Where can I get one?" the woman asked.
I quickly turned the tie around to show her the manufacturer's name. She snapped a picture.
"Do you teach Shakespeare?" she asked.
"Only on the subway," I said.
— James Devitt
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