MetroCard could be singing its swan song
The mighty MetroCard - loved by harried New Yorkers, hated by perplexed tourists could be headed for its last swipe.
Incoming MTA chief Jay Walder supports newer, easier payment methods for the subways and buses, such as the Oyster card he introduced to the London system.
The payment method allows riders to pass a plastic card across the turnstiles to deduct the fare. Like E-ZPass, the funds are replenished online or from a user's credit card - meaning no more annoying waits at the MetroCard machine.
The people of London like Oyster, Walder said Tuesday. Everyone likes it.
Walder stopped short of promising Oyster would soon surface in the Big Apple, saying he would leave the details for the future.Regardless, officials will need to address the fate of the MetroCard shortly. The 2005-2009 capital plan stated that MetroCard machines were reaching the end of their useful lives after first debuting in 1999. The cards themselves were introduced in 1994, but didn't catch on for several years.
NYC Transit launched a pilot payment method similar to Oyster in 2006. The Smartcard placed a chip on a riders key or credit card that the turnstile registered.
Expanding the Smartcard service has been on hold since, but Transit found that rider response was favorable, according to an April report.