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CT train riders can soon purchase tickets from smartphone app

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Metro-North train riders will soon be about to buy tickets through an app on their smartphones.

Gov. Dannel Malloy, the state Department of Transportation and Metro-North announced the measure on Thursday.

Once on board, commuters just need to show their digital ticket on their phone to a conductor.

"This is another step forward in customer service and convenience for Connecticut's commuters, who rely on a modern and effective transportation system to get to work and go about their daily routines each and every day," Malloy said.  "On the busiest commuter rail line in the country, this new smartphone app will save everyone time and add convenience."

In 2015, ridership on the New Haven line surpassed 40.3 million passenger  trips.

The app is called "MTA eTix." It'll be available for iPhone and Android downloads on Aug. 22.

"This is another example of our listening to our customers and taking positive action," said James Redeker, commissioner, DOT.

In addition to the new app, Malloy said bicycle racks have also been installed on every New Haven line train. However, bikes are not permitted on peak-hour trains, like during the morning and evening rush.

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