MTA Proposes a Good Idea. Wait. What?!

Its green for the ENVIRONMENT.
  • It’s green for the ENVIRONMENT.

Just when we thought the MTA had peaked with its awesome decision to make the G train’s extension to our neighborhood permanent, it goes and does something else awesome.

What’s the deal, MTA? You’re just begging for us to give you a sloppy, wet kiss on the mouth, aren’t you?!

You’re such a saucy minx lately, MTA, you really are.

The Daily News reports that the MTA has proposed adding a $1 surcharge to every new Metrocard purchased. Now, I know you’re thinking, How is that a good thing? Why does everything have to COST SO DAMN MUCH?

But we’ll tell you why it’s a good thing and why it has to cost so damn much. That’s what we’re here for.

It’s a good thing because the surcharge only applies to new Metrocards, thus encouraging riders to hold onto their cards and not throw them out—which people frequently do on the FLOOR of stations—without a thought. Basically, the MTA is encouraging civic consciousness and environmental responsibility.

This is a good thing!

The MTA estimates that “the surcharge will generate an estimated $18 million in revenue while printing fewer MetroCards will save another $2 million or so.” Extra revenue for the MTA could be a good thing, maybe—MAYBE—they will use it to clean up the stations? Who knows? Anything is possible with this new, loveable MTA.

Even the Straphangers Campaign is happy with the plan. Their spokesman Gene Russianoff says, “We think the $1 charge for new MetroCards will encourage riders to reuse their cards.”

MTA spokesperson Adam Lisberg assures us that, “Straphangers can avoid the surcharge. A newly purchased MetroCard usually doesn’t expire for about 12 months. And until that expiration date, a MetroCard — including unlimited-ride weekly and monthly MetroCards — can be repeatedly refilled.
And the surcharge would not be imposed when a rider with an expired MetroCard is buying a new MetroCard.”

So who will get hit hardest by this probably?


And that’s totally acceptable collateral damage, we think.

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  1. you actually cannot fill a monthly metro card, so this will end up costing mta’s most loyal customers extra money.

  2. That’s not correct…you can refill monthly Metrocards once your 30 day period is up. (I did just that last week)

  3. Isn’t this already in practice? They started allowing refills of weekly metrocards,i dont know about the higher valued ones.

  4. You can actually refill it before the 30 days are up, but you won’t see it on your card until the 30 days are up.

    This is not a good idea. Wouldn’t it be a better idea to give discounts to people who recycle instead?

  5. no you know who will be hit the hardest?
    those who live in eastern queens and other areas of the city with no subways (like certain areas of the bronx and also staten island)
    we have no way to refill our metro cards. those who use the bus only, use metro cards too and there is no way to refill our metro cards anywhere near us.
    maybe if they put metro card machines by the lirr stations to refill cards.(or in metro north for the bronx users) but even then people will have to travel out of their way just to fill up a card if they are not planning on using the railroad.