MTA Plans To Phase Out MetroCards

The gradual introduction of the new system mirrors the MetroCard's rollout in the 1990s, which eventually led to an uptick in subway ridership, according to the Regional Plan Association. The swipe cards were first introduced in 1993, but the MTA continued selling and accepting subway tokens for another decade before finally killing them in 2003.

"Moving to an open payment system has the possibility to be just as transformative by speeding up buses, improving fare enforcement, reducing congestion and improving accessibility and affordability of the system," the Regional Plan Association, a major urban planning group, said Monday in a statement.

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