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.

Comments (4)
  1. marx engels says:


  2. Val says:

    That’s really crazy. I used the subway once in a blue moon, so now I must always carry a card with me, even if I don’t need it or else pay $1 each time to buy one?

    1. KPMc says:

      Yeah… it shouldn’t be too hard.

      Do you throw out your library card after each use or do you hold on to it until you need it again?

  3. Jut says:

    Well if they want to charge a dollar for each sheet of plastic, then they should make them more durable. I’ve had cards that were noticibly thinner, and they bend or get damaged through regular use. Another item that would be a concern is the expiration on the cards. Currently if your old card expires when you transfer money, they give you a new card. I hope this surcharge continues this card exchange without a fee.

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