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.
Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Rail Road fares have gone up between eight and nine percent, depending on distance and ticket type.
The transit workers union is sending a grim message, reminding straphangers of the dangers of the subway system.
The MTA board voted on the proposed increases on Wednesday. Members unanimously approved the fare hikes. Only one member voted against increasing tolls.
If approved, Long Island Rail Road riders will be hit with increases as high as 15 percent.
It might be the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s final offer, a fare hike plan for bus and subway riders that spares frequent users and slaps the biggest hikes on those who don’t take mass transit very much.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday formally announced plans that would hike fares for the city’s transit system.