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NYC’s New Hybrid MetroCard Saves Headache, Money and the Environment

Posted By Sherrell Dorsey On February 21, 2013 @ 9:55 am In Transportation | 1 Comment

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The New York MTA [5] recently announced its new hybrid MetroCard that will allow millions of city dwellers to load both unlimited and pay-per-ride fares on the same card — a move that will save riders money as well as reduce the thousands of MetroCards [6] that are tossed away as litter each year. As of March 1st, fares will increase [7] and a $1 replacement fee for new cards will go into effect, so the hybrid card couldn’t have come at a better time.


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“We produce almost 160 million MetroCards each year at an annual cost of nearly $10 million,” said MTA Interim Executive Director Thomas F. Prendergast in a press release. “Many of the cards often end up as litter in the system, so by refilling your MetroCard, you’ll reduce expenses and help the environment [9].”

The $1 fee for replacement cards will not affect people who receive reduced fares, use EasyPayExpress, receive MetroCards directly from their employees or regularly buy railroad [10] and MetroCard ticket combinations.

Riders can turn their pay-per-ride card into an unlimited one by simply refilling it at a MetroCard vending machine [11] which will activate immediately upon swiping the card. Once the unlimited time period has expired, the pay-per-ride balance will kick in. Remaining pay-per-ride balances can also be used on PATH or Air-Train stations.

Via Gothamist [12]


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[5] New York MTA: http://inhabitat.com/new-york-city-unveils-new-silent-electric-bus/

[6] MetroCards: http://inhabitat.com/artist-thomas-mckean-recycles-metrocards-into-sculptures-mosaics/

[7] fares will increase: http://gothamist.com/2012/12/19/watch_the_mta_hike_your_fare_live.php

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[10] railroad: http://inhabitat.com/new-technology-harvests-electricity-from-railroad-train-track-vibrations/

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[12] Gothamist : http://gothamist.com/2013/02/20/new_magic_metrocards.php

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