MTA Board Expected To Approve Ticketing App For Metro-North, LIRR Customers

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Getting aboard Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains could soon be easier.

After nearly two centuries of using paper tickets, the commuter lines are going high-tech.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected on Wednesday to give the green light to a new mobile ticketing app.

As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, the familiar click of a punched railroad ticket may soon fade into history.

The LIRR and Metro-North are on track to launch a new smartphone app for riders to buy a train ticket on their phone or tablet.

“That’s so much easier than having to come earlier for your train to buy a ticket,” LIRR rider Samantha Cocit told Gusoff.

“I will definitely use the app to buy tickets,” commuter Joel Horowitz added.

If approved Wednesday by the MTA, riders will soon be able to skip long lines at the ticket window and machines.

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