But the new payment system could also be a moment to think about other changes. When the MetroCard was introduced, it was impactful due to the change in technology but also the “change in policy,” says Richard Barone, vice president for transportation at the Regional Plan Association — free transfers to and from buses, and the unlimited MetroCard. These changes were one factor in increased ridership numbers, he says, as riders took advantage of the extra swipes. Upgraded contactless equipment and better technology tracking where trains are at a given time could provide the possibility for “creative” if far-out solutions, says Barone, which could make the subway more efficient and affordable.
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