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Thursday, May 11, 2021

I’m not too sure how many New Yorkers are reading this blog, now that I’m also New York-based. Maybe this question will serve to smoke out some citydwellers:

How much of a balance do you typically have on your MetroCard?

I ask because I just reloaded mine to the tune of $30. At two bucks a pop for subway (and bus? which I never take) rides, I realize that shouldn’t last too long. But really, I’m walking a lot on a daily basis, and duck into the subway only if I’m in a real hurry (rare) or there’s really bad weather above ground (not really the case of late). So I’m swiping my MetroCard a couple of times a week right now, tops.

Which is why I’m slightly paranoid about having put such a relatively big sum on the card this time around. I’m thinking that it’s now going to fly out of my hand and drop down a sewer grating, jilting me out of my modest investment before I get a chance to use most of it. The fact that I pretty much never lose things like that doesn’t factor into this irrationality.

So, did I overdo it on the MetroCard refresh? Should I stick to a lower (10 bucks or so) constant balance? Maybe some NYC veterans can enlighten.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/11/2021 11:42pm
Category: New Yorkin', Question Time!
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  1. I just get $20 cards. Anything less and I’m refilling/getting new ones too often. I usually get a new one because they wear out fast and I hate having swiping problems. Oh, but if you’re a true NYer you probably get a new one so you can’t be “tracked” easily either (paranoia’s fun!).

    Comment by David — 05/12/2021 @ 12:49 PM


    My preoccupation with NYC’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority continues.
    This time, it involves a peculiarity with the MTA’s ticket vending machines. I snapped the above photo yesterday, while reloading my trusty MetroCard with a few…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 05/26/2006 @ 8:50 PM


    Well, my biggest fear as an urban commuter has come to pass:
    Somehow, I lost my MetroCard today, the first time I’ve ever done so. And yes, as luck would have it, I had a significant dollar amount loaded onto it — I think it was at least…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 08/01/2021 @ 10:50 PM

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