In an effort to facilitate travel, Google Pay announced Thursday, May 23, that it has added New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to the list of public transport agencies that allow commuters to pay for their groceries through Google Pay.
In a company blog post, Prakash Hariramani, director of product management at Google Pay, said that starting in late May, the MTA will enable the pay-as-you-go feature on mobile devices at select Staten Island subway and bus stations. The executive said the company is working with the MTA to bring additional functionality with Google Maps and Google Assistant to commuting.
“When the public pilot opens next week, you will be able to use Google Pay to board all Staten Island buses and subway stations along lines 4-5-6 between Grand Central and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center – not need to stand in line for a MetroCard, ”Hariramani wrote.“ Using Google Pay to travel with your phone is simple. No need to open the app or unlock your device – and it’s the same price as a one-way MetroCard. In addition, it is more secure. You don’t have to worry about losing your MetroCard and Google Pay doesn’t share your credit or debit card number when you pay. “
Google also announced that starting Thursday, New York subway riders will have access to Google Assistant’s new real-time transit feature to know when the next train arrives at the station. The Google Assistant will provide the estimated train arrival time and walk directions to the station, all via voice commands.
Soon Google Maps will allow users to see which routes accept Google pay when a user searches for a route. The ability to add a payment method from Google Maps is also coming soon, the Google official said. Google said the feature will be rolled out to other locations in the coming weeks, including Melbourne’s myki transit system, New York area MTA and London TfL.