WATCH: Liam Payne performs at event to launch contactless payment on MTA

David Caplan
May 22, 2019 - 3:55 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Former One Direction star Liam Payne performed Tuesday at an intimate performance near Union Square in honor of the launch of contactless payment on MTA buses and subways.  

Also joining in on the festivities at the "Tap to Ride NYC" event at the Visa Tap Room was another star, but from the world of spots: New York Giants player Eli Manning.

Beginning May 31, Chase customers will be able to tap their Visa cards on select buses and at select subway stations: Subway stations along the 4/5/6 lines between Grand Central-42nd St. and Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center, and on all Staten Island buses. Eventually, all New York City subway lines and bus routes will accept contactless payments.

The MTA is North America's first transit agency to launch contactless payments using Visa's global transit framework, allowing commuters to use any Visa credential – whether it be a Visa contactless card, mobile device or wearable. 

"Customers have been quick to adopt tap to pay and we've already seen it exceeding digital wallet use for customers who have contactless cards," said Abeer Bhatia, president of Card Marketing, Pricing and Innovation at Chase. "Now they will be able to tap to pay for their daily transit needs, and experience how quick and easy it is to checkout thanks to contactless cards."

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