Farewell MetroCard: MTA Plans To Kill The MetroCard In 2019
The MTA plans to supersede the MetroCard with a new form of “fare payment technology” starting in 2019.
The MTA wants to switch over to an electronic system that would get rid of the need for separate cards: “It would be a new fare payment system that is based on a form of technology for payment,” Donovan said, “which is technically known as the RFID or NFC for near-field communication type of payment. It’s really common in Europe; you can pay for taxis with it. It hasn’t gotten as much traction here but it has overseas.”
The idea is to install an E-Z Pass-esque system in the subways: instead of swiping a magnetic MetroCard strip, you would tap a credit card, smartphone or keychain (anything with the particular chip embedded in it) and go straight through.
Yo, can the MTA please stop fucking with me?
Seriously, they might as well title this article “MTA Plans To Fuck Up Your Commute in 2019″.
It seems like every month they pull some wild shit. Price increases whenever they feel like it. Every price point has gone up like 250% over the years. Then they decided that you can only have one card or they charge you for another one. That was some BULLSHIT man. Fiends lose cards all day, everyday.
Now I find out these motherfuckers have so much time on their hands that they are literally plotting to fuck up my commute in 2019 (If I even have a commute then, looking at you Bas).
Here are my main issues beyond the fact that they keep taking more money from me. I broke them down into 2 categories, “Real Life Concerns” and “Fiend Logic”.
Real Life Concerns:
1. Whenever the MTA switches to something “electronic” or “innovative”, it never goes smoothly and ends up setting us back like 5 years. Remember when they put up those electronic signs to tell you how many minuets away the train is? It took like 3 years longer than expected and because of this, a key part of the wiring needed to make these signs was discontinued by the company. They couldn’t finish the job because the company they started the project with went out of business before they could do half the city. Oh yea, and how’s that East Side subway line they told me would be completed 10 years ago coming along?
I have zero faith that they can implement this without causing headaches for every New Yorker. I can just sense the diaster of this. Knowing them, they will probably implement this on January 1st, 2019. So when Jan. 2nd rolls around and you have to go back to work after the holidays, easily the most depressing day of the year, you get the extra kick in the dick by having to learn a new system and waiting behind the other idiots and tourists that can’t figure it out.
2. For this to be successful, it relies on a lot of 3rd parties, including technology and the credit cards/banks accepting this. This would require EVERYONE THAT USES THE SUBWAY TO HAVE A CREDIT CARD OR BANK ACCOUNT. Statistics say that 13% of NYC households DO NOT have a bank account. That’s almost 1 Million people. That means that all of you motherfuckers that are off the grid, can’t use the subway. All you trappers, you’re fucked too. How are you gonna trap now in 2019?
Seriously though, who relies on the subway system more? People without bank accounts? Or people with them? Obviously both do, but do you get the feeling they are alienating a certain economic class here? Let’s not try to sugar coat it, people without bank accounts are generally on the lower end of the financial scale. But these same people work jobs essential for this city to run properly. Jobs that a lot of people won’t do, but we need. Why are we fucking with them and complicating shit? What about tourists and outsiders of the US? Am I going to have to wait behind them for 2 hours while they figure it out?
For the rest of us, do you get the feeling they are trying to track our every move? Not to be too much of a conspiracy fiend (that’s @Oakshades), but we already walk around all day with a government tracking device known as a smart phone. Now they want to track our movement in the one place they can’t: underground where there is no reception. And again, for all you no-bank-account-off-the-grid motherfuckers, this is another way to put your ass on the grid. That eye scanner shit from Minority report, is not that far off.
If I want to ride the fucking subway, I shouldn’t have to have a bank account in the U.S., or a smart phone, or any other electronic shit. I should be able to put 2 fucking dollars in the machine and be on my way.
Okay, this is going to make me look like a real Fiend, but fuck it, it was my first thought when I saw this article, and it’s funny.
How upset are all the NYC coke heads going to be?
The Metrocard is without question the most widely used card to chop up yams. I was watching Drug Inc. the other day and the the Cocaine Kingpin of NYC said that Metrocards are the safest device to use, and are far safer than any credit card, because a MetroCard is waxed on both sides.
I have absolutely zero idea what the science is behind that one, but shout out to every fiend who’s first thought when they saw this article is that you won’t be able to chop up yams with Metrocards anymore past 2019. This is a major hit for the new york based coke heads.
PS – I totally understand the good side of this is that you don’t have to worry about losing those cards anymore. If you lose a card with a lot on it, or a monthly card issued by your place of work, it is the FUCKING WORSE trying to replace it (usually you are shit out of luck). But I still stand behind everything else.