Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Unlimited on the Unlimited
Earlier this year the MTA allowed straphangers to purchase new 30-day unlimited Metrocards by reusing a previous 30-day card. Before, this method wasn't available and you had to get a new card every time you wanted a new unlimited card. This created a lot of unnecessary garbage as people threw or flicked them all over the place once they expired and rendered useless. This new option should reduce this litter problem (hopefully).
I finally got the chance to try this new option yesterday and it was pretty straightforward and easy. I just popped my current 30-day unlimited Metrocard into a vending machine and selected the refill option as if I was refilling a regular pay-per-ride card, except the two options I had was to add 7-day or 30-day unlimited. I still had some time left on my card, so I was worried it would wipe the remaining days off, but it didn't. When I checked my card, I still had my remaining days and an extra note saying "Additional 30 day unlimited not used yet."
So this new method of refilling your unlimited Metrocard. Of course if you're like me and collect Metrocards with unique designs on the back, you'll probably continue the former way of getting a new card everytime to increase your collection. Then again, once the MTA rolls out that $1 surcharge on new cards, I might think twice before getting a new one.
As far as I can tell, you can't add unlimited cards to existing pay-per-ride cards or vice-versa. I also don't think you can add more than one additional 30-day to a card, but does anyone really want to add that much anyway?