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New York City officials are celebrating the 20th birthday of the MetroCard this week by calling for its demise. The idea is to replace the iconic yellow-and-blue cards by 2019 with various ways for customers to pay by tapping or waving their own credit cards, smartphones, or other RFID- or NFC-enabled devices.
The benefits of ditching magnetic-stripe subway cards are clear enough: The move would save the MTA money by allowing it to ditch all those card-vending machines. On the other hand, opportunistic thieves might salivate at the prospect of hordes of commuters having to wave their credit cards and smartphones around every time they want to ride a train or hop a bus. More broadly, it will be interesting to see whether moves like this by public agencies will give NFC and RFID technology the push it needs to go mainstream in other realms, like paying for things at coffee shops and retail stores.
Puzzle Warehouse recycles everything it can to save the environment and to keep costs and prices low. I feel like a little kid who can’t think ahead so he keeps running into the same problems.
And more to the point, perhaps you might consider getting a normal wallet, like the rest of us schlubs have?
But no matter the type of wallet, do you really want to be whipping it out on the subway platform just to secure your card? FILE - metrocard vending machine in Pennsylvania Station.New York, NY - New Yorkers will soon be asked to pay more to ride trains and buses that just weeks ago suffered the severest service cuts in a generation. The unlimited subway and bus MetroCard, which pushed ridership to record levels after its introduction in the 1990s and revolutionized the way New Yorkers imagine their transit system, could also be on the way out. Officials at the authority say they can avoid additional service cuts this year as a result of layoffs and cost-cutting.
But the heaviest burden may be placed on the third of subway passengers who use 30-day passes.
The agency lost a significant amount of state money last fall, and tax revenues intended to finance mass transit have fallen far short of projections, leading to the elimination of two subway lines and dozens of bus routes last month. So barring a governmental miracle - rare these days in New York - commuters from Connecticut, Long Island and Westchester County would pay up to 9.4 percent more for tickets, depending on the route, and the authority would end the discounts now offered for tickets purchased online or via the mail.
William Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee, a riders’ advocacy group, predicted that the changes would create more demand for ticket purchases inside stations, which could delay passengers. The commuter rails would also tack on a $15 fee for ticket refunds, a sum that would in most cases be larger than the refund itself. The George Washington Bridge, the Lincoln Tunnel and the Holland Tunnel, which are not operated by the transportation authority, would not be affected.

About a third of bus and subway riders purchase a few MetroCard rides at a time, in order to receive a discount for buying in bulk. How about trimming the high salaries for Transit Executives, cutting their freebies as well as those for all transit employees, cops, firemen and their families. The emphasis on the unlimited pass is unwarranted.The pass was originally designed as a convenience for everyday commuters. B"HIf you damyankees will permit a London limey to intervene, may I state that, here in greater London, one can pay ?7.50 for a "daily travel card" and then have absolutely unlimited use of all Tube (subway) services, National Rail overground trains, London Transport buses, and TramLink services, 24 hours a day?
We've sent you a confirmation email, please click on the link in the email to confirm your subscription. It would get people onto buses and trains faster, because they wouldn’t have to waste time dipping their cards into a machine or repeatedly swiping them at a turnstile. Private-sector pay-by-smartphone schemes, like Google Wallet, have struggled to get off the ground, perhaps partly because people aren’t yet comfortable with the concept. Is a€?Grita€? the Key to Success or an Old Idea Dressed Up to Be the Latest Self-Help Sensation? An adult should have created a system to keep this from happening long ago, yet here I am looking for the damn card again.
Either it stays in my pocket, which would make for a relatively easy search, or I absentmindedly place it on the first open surface I encounter.
I don't know if you read about the time the magnet got attached the underside of a cookie sheet and ended up lost in the oven for 5 days. I used to keep my metrocard in the wallet, but just tucked in there, not in any compartment. The series of fare increases will be unveiled on Wednesday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
1, when the increases would take effect, the heaviest users of the city’s subways and buses could be paying as much as $104 instead of $89 for a monthly system pass. One proposal would place limits on how many rides could be taken on monthly and weekly passes. And instead of an across-the-board fare increase, as in years past, the authority would make a variety of smaller tweaks to the myriad ticket types available. This group will end up with one of two evils: spending $99 for a monthly pass that would be limited to 90 rides or paying $104 for an unlimited pass. The proposals must still be debated at public hearings and will not face a final vote until October.

Under the change, those old tickets would be worthless, expiring after a week instead of the current six months for one-way tickets and after three months instead of a year for the popular 10-trip ticket packs. Officials said the idea was to discourage passengers from improperly retrieving their fares in the event a conductor neglected to take their ticket.
The next increase is not scheduled until 2013, but officials warned that a worsening in the economy, or a lack of concessions from labor unions, could again place the authority in a financial bind.
Henderson, of the riders’ group, said that the authority knew it could raise fares on subway passes because riders had few options.
With all the recent cuts and raising fares, I want to know where did all the extra money go? Few New Yorkers would miss the experience of standing behind a beleaguered flock of tourists as they struggle to master the precise swiping motion necessary to get a finicky card reader to let them through. But if cities like New York force millions of people to do it every day in order to get on the subway, that could change in a hurry.
Drivers who use E-ZPass on many of the city’s tunnels and bridges would pay 10 percent more per trip, and rail commuters could face the frustration of longer lines to buy tickets.
But many of the bleak plans laid out by the authority earlier this year have since come to pass. Riders would also be required to buy $10 worth of tickets to earn the discount, rather than $8. Have to be careful not to let the card slip out when you actually use your wallet, but I didn't do that much either.
Nope squared. The spot on the shelf, that graveyard of insufficient fares? I hope not, that would have been an insane place to leave it. In the summer, that means my metrocard is in my pants pocket and my wallet is zipped up inside my bag.
NYC is not responsible o provide for free transportation when it is used to support a commercial use.
My dad taught me that, always have some cash you can throw to a mugger, never pull out your wallet. By the way, the fees charged by the messenger companies could easily include a single fare of the subway.

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