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New Yorkers can now use their Fitbit to travel with the MTA

Alyssa Clementi

Fitbit users will now be able to use Fitbit Pay to travel on seven major transportation systems around the world, starting this week. As part of the Fitbit Pay expansion, Fitbit has announced a unique partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) One Metro New York (OMNY) contactless fare payment pilot program. New Yorkers with a Fitbit Charge 3 Special Edition, Fitbit Versa Special Edition or Fitbit Ionic will be able to tap their device to a MTA reader on select subway lines and city busses.

“We’re excited to work with Fitbit and others to help us provide added value and everyday convenience to our customers,” said Al Putre, OMNY executive director, MTA. “We are always looking for ways to enhance the transit experience and help New Yorkers and visitors alike get to their destination faster and make payment more convenient, and now they can do so with any Fitbit wearable that supports Fitbit Pay with a simple tap of the wrist.”

Fitbit Pay can also be used through-out the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA), Sydney transport for New South Wales (NSW), Taiwan iPASS, TransLink in Vancouver and Transport for London (TfL). Fitbit also plans to make Fitbit Pay available on the entire New York Subway and Bus System by 2021.

“In addition to helping our users get healthier and more active, we’re committed to delivering holistic experiences on our trackers and smartwatches that help keep our 27m active users engaged,” said James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit. “As we expand the use of Fitbit Pay to work with the MTA and other major transit systems around the globe, we are enabling our on-the-go customers to safely and easily pay for transit with devices that are broadly compatible and have long battery life – all making it easier to go about their day.”