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April 13 in New York History

๐Ÿ“ On This Day ๐Ÿ“

Sunday, April 13, 2003 โ€” 16 years ago

Subway tokens are phased out, to be completely replaced by the MetroCard. The transition had begun from 1993 to 1997, when MetroCard-compatible turnstiles were being installed citywide. Tokens had debuted in 1953 at a cost of 15ยข per ride (equivalent to $1.04 in 2003), but data showed only 9% of riders were using tokens by 2003. During the phase-out, no more tokens were sold from April 13 and could only be used until May 4, when new fares would go into effect. Bus riders could continue using tokens through December 31, but would require an extra 50ยข fee. See photos of all the tokens over the years.

As of 2019, the retirement of the MetroCard is quickly approaching, with the MTA planning a switch to new payment system that uses cards with chips or mobile phones that only need to be waved over a card reader at the turnstile. The first card readers are scheduled to begin testing this summer on Staten Island buses and on the 4-5-6 between Grand Central and the Barclays Center. The MTA plans to completely phase out the MetroCard by 2023 in favor of the new OMNY card, which stands for "One Metro New York".

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๐ŸŒŽ World History ๐ŸŒ

Library of Congress  •  New York Times  •  BBC  •  Wikipedia

๐ŸŒž Weather Records ๐ŸŒž

Record High: 88ยฐF in 1977
Record Low: 22ยฐF in 1874

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