New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Masabi have partnered to deliver mobile ticketing technology on both Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road.

Masabi’s JustRide mobile ticketing platform will allow MTA riders to use their phones as tickets at any time, without ever requiring a paper ticket again.

An end-to-end mobile ticketing and fare collection system, the JustRide platform features ticket purchase, user display and easy validation together with sophisticated back-end infrastructure for secure payments, ticket management, customer service, reporting and real-time analytics.

"By transforming smartphones into vending machines, we are making waiting in line a thing of the past."

Using the technology, customers can quickly and securely buy and use electronic tickets for both railroads eliminating the need to stand in long queues at ticket machines on the two largest commuter railroads in US.

MTA chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast said: "This is a step forward as we look to use the latest technologies available to make fare payment at all our agencies easier, faster, and more convenient."

Masabi CEO Ben Whitaker added: "Mobile ticketing is all about making life easier for transit riders.

"By transforming smartphones into vending machines, we are making waiting in line a thing of the past."

Customers can download the mobile ticketing app and can use either debit or credit card to purchase all ticket types including one-way, round-trip, ten-trip, weekly passes, and monthly passes.

Conductors can visually verify the electronic ticket or as an encrypted barcode that can be scanned by a handheld device.