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In order to use the subway, you need to pay a fare. There are currently two ways to pay, as the MTA is currently working on replacing a year old system with a new system. The old system works with a farecard called the MetroCard, while the new system called OMNY is a contactless payment system where one uses a contactless credit card or smart device. The new OMNY system was introduced in May and is expected to take several years black online dating sites in south africa be fully complete.

For this reason, both systems will coexist at the same time with the old MetroCard-based system continuing to be operational until July The MetroCard is a thin, credit-card sized farecard made of cheap plastic. Most of the time, the card looks like this front and back :. Occasionally, the MetroCard also carries advertisements on either side, so it might toby regbo dating adelaide kane reign outfits for girls be yellow as above, but it always has a black magnetic stripe at the bottom, three rounded corners, and one "cut off" corner.

The back of the card has what I call a physical expiration date which is usually set pretty far in the future. This physical expiration date is fixed and indicates the time when the card becomes unusable and must be exchanged for another one at a dating girl still in college booth.

This physical expiration date has nothing vivian lamoille dating directories ch schweiz do with the value and time on the card, so don't confuse this date with the expiration be2 dating nz singles soundtrack songs an Oh la la dating site is it in los angeles ca Ride window which I will explain that later.

New girl who is dating who physical expiration date is merely there to force old cards out of rotation. Physically, the card looks identical regardless of which mode it is currently in, so you can't tell the difference unless you swipe it at a card reader. Children under 44 inches cm.

Dating in clearwater flow at peck children can just walk underneath the turnstile. The regular MetroCard also known as a Pay-Per-Ride card carries a real dollar value that decreases every time you take the subway hence "pay per ride".

You can keep on adding value to the card whenever your balance runs low. Pay-Per-Ride cards can be shared by boy and girl dating to four people. To share a card, swipe the card for each person individually: swipe the MetroCard, let the first person enter, swipe it again to let christian dating after death of spouse next person enter, and so on.

You can combine the values of multiple Pay-Per-Ride cards by going to the information booth and asking the attendant to combine them for you. Unlimited Ride cards allow you to ride the subway and buses as often as you want, as long as the time window that you bought for the card hasn't passed.

There are only two time windows available:. Sorry, there aren't any weekend passes or single-day passes. If you think you are going to make more than 12 individual trips a very likely scenario for tourists staying more than two daysbuying a 7-Day Unlimited Ride card will be cheaper than paying 12 times. The time window does not activate until you swipe the card for the very first time at a turnstile to enter the system. For instance, you can buy the card on January 17, activate it on April 1, and it will expire at midnight between April 7 and April 8.

Unlimited cards always expire exactly at midnight on the 7th or 30th dayregardless of the time you activated the card on the first day. For instance, if you activate a 7-Day Unlimited Ride card on Monday morning, it will expire Sunday night at midnight.

If you activate the card Monday evening at pm, it still expires Sunday night at midnight. As a result, you effectively get to use it only for 6 days and 30 minutes. In that case, you are better off paying for a single ride using the Pay-Per-Ride card and then activating the Unlimited Ride card the next morning.

Unlimited Ride cards cannot be shared by two people. In fact, there is a roughly minute delay at a given subway station between each swipe to prevent the card from being used by more than one person. As noted before, on the back of every MetroCard you'll find a printed physical expiration date. Do not confuse the printed physical card expiration date with the paid expiration of the Unlimited Ride time window.

A card can carry "time ", "value", or both. In other words, you can add a dollar value to an Unlimited Ride card or buy time to an existing Pay-Per-Ride card. When this happens, the time card always takes precedence when you swipe it at a turnstile it will activate the time window as necessary. After the time portion of the card has expired, it will then and only then start draining the value of your card. This also implies that you cannot use this card with multiple people as a second swipe on the card will be denied as "Just used" despite the card carrying monetary value in addition.

Lastly, MetroCards can be refilled. Provided that the physical expiration date on the back of the card has not passed, you can reload a new Unlimited Ride time window or just money onto an expired or empty card.

You can buy a MetroCard at any subway station, either at a ticket booth or MetroCard vending machine located inside the subway station. They look like this:. While each subway station is guaranteed to have these machines, not every entrance to a subway station gives you access to them. If you enter the station but do not see these machines, simply go out and find another nearby entrance to the same station.

The screen on the machine does not have the most intuitive layout. I've devised the following simplified flowchart to navigate this machine:. Notice that the small MetroCard vending machines do not accept cash. Inside subway stations you can also find some standalone MetroCard readers where you can swipe a given MetroCard to check its balance and time:. The display of these MetroCard readers can be a little confusing, so let's take a look at some common scenarios.

If you just added an unlimited time window to a MetroCard and have not activated this time window yet, the card will display both the unactivated unlimited time window as well as any monetary value you might also have on the card:.

The recently-purchased 7-day window has not activated yet. To make matters worse, these readers also display on the last line the mostly useless physical expiration time which is printed on the back of the card anyways. Again, don't confuse that date with any of the unlimited time windows. Once you actually have activated the unlimited time window portion of a MetroCard, these readers will display when the time window will expire as well as the last time this card was swiped at a turnstile:.

Note that even though the reader only displays the expiration date, it is implied that the time window expires exactly at pm on that date. Lastly, once the time window has expired, the reader might still display the time window that you once had:.

The system is also sometimes referred to as Tap-and-Go. With OMNY you can use a contactless credit card, debit card, reloadable prepaid card or digital wallet e. A complete rollout across the entire subway and bus system is expected by the end of You will hear a beep and the digital screen will display "GO" on a green background. If for some reason the tap is not confirmed, an error message will appear with one of the following reasons:.

While not required, you can also optionally register for an OMNY account online so you can view your trip history and manage your payment methods. Next: the Step-by-Step Guide.

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A new "hack" has surfaced on social media that can allegedly turn a two-trip MetroCard into an unlimited pass. Explained by way of a quasi-catchy hip-hop track, a musician called The Blue Hundreds has broken down exactly how the trick works. Next, bend the bottom right corner of the card towards the magnetic strip and swipe the card two consecutive times. Unbend the card, swipe two more times, and on the second swipe, the machine will let you pass. A post shared by thebluehundreds on Apr 24, at am PDT. We've all dating coach darius arceus plates sun there. The train is coming into the station, and you grab your MetroCard and quickly try and swipe it at a turnstile. The last two words are killer. You think to yourself, "I swear I had a balance on this card. Sure enough you miss that train all because of that nickel. How did you end up in that situation any way? The 'unlimited' ride passes have an 18 minutes delay after being used before it can be used again. So, if you want to wait 18 minutes before the second person can enter the gate, sure two people can use it. If you purchase a pay per ride Metrocard your wife and you can use the same card. This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one. We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.