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Hands getting cold on the platform? MBTA app now allows Apple Pay

Starting Tuesday, many commuter rail and ferry riders can pay with a simple glance at their phones.
Lane Turner/Globe Staff/File 2017
Starting Tuesday, many commuter rail and ferry riders can pay with a simple glance at their phones.

Punching in credit card information on the MBTA’s mobile ticketing application can take a toll on the fingertips in these chilly temperatures. But starting Tuesday, many commuter rail and ferry riders can pay with a simple glance at their phones.

The transit agency said it is rolling out Apple Pay on its mTicket app, giving users of the tech giant’s devices the ability to pay with its facial-recognition or fingerprint-reading abilities.

The new offering eliminates the need for customers to manually enter credit card information. Though the system could previously save users’ card numbers, it requires those who don’t use Apple Pay to type in the security code on the back of their cards to complete a transaction.

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“We are pleased to offer an enhanced platform for fare payment for our commuter rail and ferry customers,” MBTA general manager Luis Manuel Ramírez said in a statement. He said the change would allow for “speedier, more secure, and simplified” purchases.

Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com.