New York Transit Authority to Test Tag-based Ticketing with Nokia NFC Phones

Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York and handset maker Nokia will test tag-based NFC ticketing in a small pilot before the end of the year.

The pilot, which Nokia quietly announced Tuesday, will involve 20 MTA employees, who will be able to tap NFC tags with Nokia smartphones upon entering and exiting train stations on one commuter line of the Long Island Rail Road, an MTA spokesman told NFC Times. The users won't need to open the transit app on their Nokia smartphones before tapping the tags, he said.

After tapping at the departure station, the back-end system will calculate their fares and, if they were real customers, would charge the fares to the riders’ preregistered pay-as-you-go accounts or weekly or monthly passes.

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GR Nov 17 2011

Maybe NFC will be the silver bullet that will finally let Nokia gain traction in the US.
But what Nokia phones are these anyway?

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