NEW YORK (WABC) --MTA is looking for a new way for riders to pay for subway and bus rides without using a MetroCard.
It's soliciting proposals for a collection system where commuters would just have to tap a "smart card" or mobile device.
A similar system is already in use for London's buses and the Tube.
The new payment system is slated to debut in mid-2018.
The phase out of MetroCards will happen sometime after that, per an MTA spokesperson.
Gene Russianoff with the Straphangers Campaign said it is a wonderful investment. Russianoff added that with the MTA preparing to spend $419 million through 2019, it has to be done right.
The MTA plans to first test out the technology on its Select Bus Service.