One of the great features of digital wallets like Google Pay and Apple Pay is that they can make travel easier, letting you store boarding passes, transit passes, and more. And now Google Pay is going to make transit better for Android users in New York City.
Starting May 31st, Google Pay users will be able to use the "pay per ride" feature on your Android phone or wearable at select Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) subway stations and Staten Island buses. This includes subway stations along the 4-5-6 lines between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and all Staten Island buses.
Using Google Pay on your phone or wearable means you can just tap to pay and go on your way. There's no need to unlock your phone or open the app on your device. Plus, it's the same price as a single ride MetroCard, and you don't have to worry about standing in line for a physical card.
Google also announced today that NYC subway riders can use Google Assistant's new real-time transit feature with the MTA. This means you can ask any Google Assistant-enabled device — like your Android phone, smart speaker, or smart display — something like "Hey Google, when is the next 4 train arriving?" or "Hey Google, when is the next train?" and you'll get the train's ETA and walking directions to the station.
Finally, Google Maps will soon let you see which MTA routes accept Google Pay when you search for directions. If you're not set up to pay for your ride with your phone, you'll be able to add a debit or credit card through Google Pay.