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01.09.14 Marina Galperina

Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to retire MetroCards. Instead of swiping into the subway or dipping onto the bus, commuters will be tapping their keychains, smart phones and credit cards by as soon as 2019. “We’re expecting the credit card industry to adopt NFC and RFID payments,” says NY MTA spokesperson Aaron Donovan. “That’s a broader trend taking place […]

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04.15.13 Andy Cush

Twenty-four-year-old NYU graduate Zachary DuBow has a plan to help New York City’s poor get better access to the subway system. The only thing standing in his way is the MTA. DuBow, founder of the Next Stop Project, collects New Yorkers’ abandoned MetroCards, aggregating their (mostly minuscule) values onto bigger cards, then distributing them to the city’s […]

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02.21.13 Andy Cush

Subway and bus riders can load both unlimited passes and single ride fares onto the same MetroCard, according to the MTA. The change is designed to help straphangers avoid the $1 charge that will come with all new MetroCard purchases starting March 1st. The new cards will automatically draw from unlimited rides first, then begin […]

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02.07.13 Aymann Ismail

Members of TWU Local 100 were passing out “Metro(death)Cards” today to raise awareness of their campaign to slow down trains pulling into stations. The MTA opposes the union’s “slow-down plan,” but with subway death tolls the highest since 2007, how is this even a debate? Here’s ANIMAL’s interview with a union rep outside City Hall. (Video: […]

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11.13.12 Andy Cush

Following the subway outages that happened in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, there’s been some speculation as to whether the MTA would refund a portion of or extend unlimited weekly and monthly Metrocards purchased before the storm–after all, there was a solid week in which the subway system was basically useless, yet our cards were […]

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08.16.12 Andy Cush

Brooklyn designer Norman Ibarra creates these beautiful playing cards out of the used Metrocards he’s been picking up around the city since 2001. Each card is individually screenprinted in vivid, four-color enamel ink by Ibarra himself. Pretty cool, right? The only catch: a deck will cost you a cool $750 (or a staggering $14.42 per […]

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08.06.12 Joshua Rivera

There’s not much to a Metrocard. Some goldish yellow, some orange, blue, white on the back, and that big black bar. It’s the smiling, pleasant face of a mass transit system that in reality is actively trying to crush your spirits. It’s even missing a corner to show you how fun and quirky it is. […]

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12.14.11 Bucky Turco

According to New York State Penal Code 155.25, “A person is guilty of petit larceny when he steals property,” a class A misdemeanor. This is what most city prosecutors charge people who sell MetroCard swipe with, but not anymore. […]

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04.11.11 Marina Galperina

Apparently, the MTA is working on closing their $100 million budget gap by finding dangerous “intellectual property” thieves like VH McKenzie who uses discarded MetroCards for her art, then threatening artists into either removing their work from online shops and Etsy accounts or cashing out 10% of the art’s value to “acquire a license.” That’s […]

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05.22.09 Will Sherman

As soon as 2011, Metrocards could go the way of the token, replaced by E-ZPass style devices. Long lines behind some incompetent subway rider failing to swipe correctly would be a memory: “sensors on turnstiles or near bus entrances would detect a card or key-fob-like device and automatically deduct the fare from bank or credit […]

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