The New York City Transit Authority told CBS2 a Verizon issue caused trouble at MetroCard meachines in about 100 stations Monday.
Fare increases kicked in Sunday as part of a series of increases in recent years built into the cash-strapped MTA’s budget.
Riders whose monthly railroad pass doubles as a MetroCard on the subway received a message saying “insufficient fare” when they swiped their cards.
A glitch is creating problems for roughly 10,000 commuters heading in to New York City Monday, the MTA said.
Among the proposals is raising the base fare on the MetroCard from $2.50 to $2.75 while increasing the bonus on a pay-per-ride MetroCard.
Police on Thursday were on the hunt for a suspect who punched a woman in the face and stole her wallet at a MetroCard machine in a Bronx subway station.
The MTA is upgrading the software used for credit and debit cards so only cash will be accepted at machines.
Many of New York’s top attractions can be visited for free or at a discount.
The MTA is working on a plan to phase out the MetroCard over three years, replacing it with a new fare payment system.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority warned customers to be on the watch Thursday, after a skimming device was found on a MetroCard vending machine at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle stop in the heart of Midtown.
Trains with open space rather than doors between cars, dedicated busways, and new “smart chip” systems to replace the current MetroCard system were among the ideas floated in a recent report outlining the needs of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the 20 years to come.
The so-called “green” card fee went into effect in March with other fare hikes as a way to encourage riders to keep and refill their MetroCards instead of buying new ones in an effort to reduce waste.
Up to 120 of the stainless steel kiosks will begin appearing in 19 subway stations in the next few months. The kiosks will replace some of the poster-size maps in the subway system.
Bus and subway fare hikes took effect at midnight, while tolls on the MTA’s seven bridges and two tunnels went up at 2 a.m.
Subways and buses will now cost at least a quarter more _ $2.50 with a MetroCard and $2.75 for a single ride. Express buses are going up to $6.