MTA Weighing MetroCard "Green" Surcharge

The proposal for the $1 surcharge was contained in the agency's preliminary budget for next year

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    The MTA is considering adding on a "green fee" on each new MetroCard to encourage riders to recycle their cards.      

    The proposal for the $1 surcharge was contained in the agency's preliminary budget for next year.      

    The aim is to reduce the number of cards that are printed and discarded.      

    The surcharge would produce about $18 million a year for the MTA.      

    MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg told the Daily News that the agency prints and encodes an average of 160 million MetroCards a year at a cost of about $9.5 million. Printing fewer cards will save the MTA about $2 million.      

    He said printing fewer cards will reduce litter in the subway system and help the environment.      

    The Straphangers Campaign has endorsed the plan.
     

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