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MTA Plan For MetroCard Surcharge On Hold

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A subway rider pases her MetroCard through a reader at Grand Central station (file/credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

A subway rider pases her MetroCard through a reader at Grand Central station (file/credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The MTA is delaying its plan to charge $1 each time you buy a new MetroCard.

Problems with reprogramming the vending machines to add the fee forced the agency to push back the surcharge until at least January.

The agency says the charge for a new card is expected to bring in an additional $20 million a year.

The software update will also allow riders to refill unlimited cards, which right now must be replaced once they expire.

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