HOLY CRAP! The MTA Reprogrammed MetroCard Machines to Zero Out After 11 Rides!

Categories: $$$, MTA, Subways

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Don't be fooled by those tempting round numbers! Go for the odd one!
Update, 3/23/15, 8:15 p.m.
Fare hikes suck. But see what the MTA went and did? You have to look closely, and you have to know what you're looking for. But the Metropolitan Transportation Authority appears to have reprogrammed its MetroCard machines yesterday, deviating from its default settings, which steer purchasers to buy in round numbers that leave them with worthless remainders when the ride-buying is done.

See that $27.25 button there? The one with the (Village Voice–supplied) big green arrow pointed at it? That's the magic number — assuming you're refilling a MetroCard with a zero balance. PUSH THAT BUTTON! MAGIC THINGS HAPPEN!

Trust us: That's your button. Why doesn't the MTA tell you that's the button to push if you want to make everything come out even? We don't know. But we'll call them and ask.

Original story follows:

This Sunday, March 22, the well-meaning folks at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are poised to louse up New Yorkers' lives by raising bus and subway fares to $2.75 per ride, up from the current $2.50.

For those of us who like to consider ourselves frugal, marginally adept at avoiding being gamed by the system, and socially conscious, the fare hike triggers a two-level reaction.

The first stage of grief: The new fare structure is — like just about everything else in life — unfair to poor riders!

The second stage of grief: I finally got used to putting $19.05 on my MetroCard to keep the MTA from ripping me off with its default purchase options, and what the hell am I supposed to do now that the fare has gone up a quarter and the discount is 11 percent?

Guess what, fellow straphanger: The MTA actually has you covered! Late today the transit agency announced in a press release that it has unveiled a new MetroCard Calculator, "a handy tool that will assist customers with planning a new card purchase or refilling a full fare Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard."


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Here's How the MTA Got All of Its Trains Underground

Categories: MTA, Weather

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Screenshot from Twitter
The train schedule from last night until this morning

Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's directive for all state agencies to be prepared for Winter Storm Juno, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority stabled all of its passenger trains overnight on January 26 to protect them from the coming snowy onslaught. According to MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz, during the suspension of passenger service, which took effect at 11 p.m. that night, a handful of "work trains" armed with snow-fighting equipment continued running. MTA workers and trains cleared snow and ice from tracks and platforms throughout the evening.

See also: The MTA's 'Ghost Trains' Were Nothing More Than a Power-Generating Exercise

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The MTA's 'Ghost Trains' Were Nothing More Than a Power-Generating Exercise

Categories: MTA, Weather

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Subway trains resumed service at 9 a.m., and a Sunday schedule was expected to be in effect by noon. But while most of New York was asleep, many so-called "work trains" continued to run throughout the subway system, confusing some and angering others.

But Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials say that running the trains was necessary to keep the lines open.

"It's normal process," MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast said during a press briefing this morning.

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Reverend Billy Talen Will Seek $500,000 in Defamation Lawsuit Against MTA

Categories: MTA

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Reverend Billy, here pictured in Grand Central Station, is suing the MTA for allegedly accusing him of violence.
Reverend Billy Talen has filed a notice of intent to sue the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for $500,000, accusing the agency of falsely alleging in the media that he attacked police officers during a January 6 demonstration at Grand Central Terminal.

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Here's How the MTA Fare Increases Add Up Over the Course of a Year

Categories: MTA

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A few of the things you could buy with the money you'll spend in a year on fare increases
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has approved a fare hike that will raise the cost of subway and bus rides by 25 cents starting on March 22.

The increase will see single-ride fares jump a quarter, to $2.75, and will apply to monthly and weekly passes as well. Weekly MetroCards will rise to $31 (a $1 increase), and monthly passes will now cost $116.50 (a $4.50 increase).

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Two New Yorkers Re-Create MTA's Etiquette Campaign Ads in New Video

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Screenshot from CJ Koegel's YouTube
Enter Mr. Do and Mr. Don't.

By now we've all heard about the new subway etiquette placards the Metropolitan Transportation Authority rolled out earlier this month. As part of a new campaign focused on improving quality of life for all commuters, the signs are designed to dissuade riders — via colorful, faceless, stick-figure renderings — from participating in a number of new "don'ts," including pole-dancing, manspreading, and grooming. Since the campaign was launched in December 2014, the ads have received considerable attention in the media — and now two New Yorkers have taken it upon themselves to bring them to life.

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Latest MTA Campaign Takes Aim at 'Showtime' Pole-Dancers

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Screenshot from MindlezzThoughtz II's YouTube

"What time is it? Showtime!"

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The MTA Still Doesn't Know If It Wants to Enforce Its Ban on Die-Ins

Categories: MTA

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Courtesy Keegan Stephan

On January 12, about eight protesters dropped to the floor of Grand Central Terminal to protest police violence. They were staging a "die-in" by reenacting the seven minutes Eric Garner lay unconscious on the ground after an altercation with police.

It was a surprising turn of events, since just one week earlier, MTA officials had released a statement many interpreted as a ban on die-ins, a form of demonstration in which protesters lie on the ground, unmoving, as though they are dead.

See Also:
Will the MTA Enforce Its Ban on Die-Ins? They're Not Sure Yet
Reverend Billy Arrested at Grand Central Station

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Why Does Penn Station Only Have Six Public Bathrooms for 650,000 People?

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Photo credit: David Boyle via Compfight cc
You've made it to Penn! Just don't pee with excitement.
Penn Station entertains 650,000 visitors each day. And if at any given time even a small fraction of them want to use the bathroom, there's a good chance they could be waiting awhile.

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The G Train Is Back, So We Can All Resume Complaining About It

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There it is.
After five weeks of beauty sleep and Sandy repairs, the G train is back in service between Nassau Avenue in Brooklyn and Court Square in Queens. Time to resume your awkward jogs to the middle of the platform, as well as your ceaseless complaints about the train's unpredictable schedule, long wait times, and overall suck.

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