Subway Riders May Get MetroCard Tax

A proposed surcharge could cost you every time you get a new Metro card

By Juan DeJesus
|  Friday, Jul 9, 2010  |  Updated 1:00 PM EDT
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Subway Riders May Get MetroCard Tax

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NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23: People swipe their metro cards in the New York City subway on February 23, 2010 in New York, New York. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has announced that they plan to cut more than 1,000 jobs, including up to 500 station agents. The MTA employs around 70,000 workers and is currently facing a $383 million budget gap. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Subway riders who carry multiple Metrocards may soon be happy to carry just one. 

The MTA has proposed a $1 surcharge every time one of the city’s 1.6 million straphangers purchases a new MetroCard from one of the MTA’s vending machines.

Sources told the New York Post, "It would provide an incentive to hold onto the card. Helping rein in manufacturing, distribution and disposal costs as well as providing a new revenue stream for the cash-starved agency.”

The MTA is also considering a major change in how weekly and monthly “unlimited” cards are used. The authority is consideration putting a limit on the number of trips users can take on a weekly or monthly "unlimited ride" card. The limit on the “unlimited” would cap riders ability to share MetroCards.

The MTA is considering these options as it readies its financial plan that is due at the end of the month.

The authority is facing a $400 million shortfall. The shortfall has begun cutting costs, beginning with payroll. 

On July 28th the MTA will lay out its plan to close the budget chasm.
 

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