New York’s MetroCard Machines to Briefly Go Cash Only

By Anna Breuer on 6 February 2018
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A subway turnstile in New York

A subway turnstile in New York

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city’s subway system, announced that its MetroCard machines would not accept credit cards early Saturday while the computer software that operates the machines is upgraded.

The interruption will last for five hours 59 minutes, from 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday. MetroCards that do not need to have funds added will continue to work during the outage. The city’s buses will continue to accept MetroCards and coins, but no bills.

The agency had previously announced a weekend-long service interruption, but later thought the better of it.

The updated schedule was announced via a news release with the headline “Overnight Weekend Timing Designed to Minimize Customer Inconvenience,” a sign that the new head of New York City Transit, which oversees the city’s mass transportation system, was following “customer-led thinking” in making the adjustment.

The MetroCard system was first introduced in 1994 and the once ubiquitous subway token was discontinued in 2003.

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