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After M.t.a. Setbacks, No-Swipe Fare Cards Are Still Stuck in the Future


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MetroCards

MetroCards cost $10 million a year just to produce and can cause delays because of failed swipes.

Credit: Michael Nagle for The New York Times

For nearly 50 years, coins were the currency in New York’s subway and bus system. Tokens carried the next 40 years, until the MetroCard first slid into riders’ wallets in 1993. The next big thing was to be a contactless fare card—no swipe required.

From The New York Times
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