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Fitbit Pay is coming to New York MTA: Here's what you need to know

Fitbit Pay is expanding in a big way.

Published onMay 29, 2019

Fitbit Pay is expanding in a big way.

Fitbit announced a new partnership with Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to bring Fitbit Pay to the OMNY pilot program in New York City. Starting Friday, May 31, Fitbit Pay will be accepted at all Staten Island buses, as well as all stops on the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center.

With the addition of the OMNY pilot program to Fitbit Pay’s lineup, the payment system can now be used at seven loop transit systems, including Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA), Sydney transport for New South Wales’ (NSW) train, ferry and light rail services, Taiwan iPASS, TransLink in Vancouver and Transport for London (TfL).

Fitbit Pay is Fitbit’s own contactless payment system, available on the Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition, Fitbit Versa Special Edition, and Fitbit Ionic. It’s an easy-to-use system for the most part — you just tap your wearable to the point-of-sale system and the payment goes through — though we have criticized Fitbit Pay for its lack of availability at some of the major banks. Compared to other options like Google Pay and Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay’s list of compatible banks is relatively low.

Still, this is welcome news. Just earlier this week, Google announced that Google Pay would also be available in New York City on May 31.

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