On October 2, as a necessary measure for almost every Brooklynite, I bought a 30-day unlimited MetroCard for $104. On October 29, Hurricane (Superstorm? Is that a thing now?) Sandy barreled through New York, crippling electricity, homes, and, specifically in this case, the entire subway system. If we're looking at the estimated transportation costs (which, in terms of priorities, is nothing
compared to the storm's greater damage), my wallet is down $26.
In a normal situation, if service is down on a subway line you depend on, the MTA refunds you about $3.50 for your troubles. But Sandy was the furthest from normal -- the subway system was closed down for days, and, if we multiply $2.50 by 8 million commuters, that's already a $20 million-a-day loss right there. Factor in the loss of equipment and the wages of workers who worked their asses off to bring back the subway system at a literally remarkable
rate, too. What you're left with is an MTA that is out a ton
This is probably the reason why, as of yesterday, the MTA has made the decision to not
refund MetroCards for the time being. Or those who ride the MetroNorth and LIRR. And the explanation we just gave fills in the void left by an agency who is not
giving a reason for the decision.