On February 1st, 2012 weekly and montly metrocards are now refillable. Beginning next year, MTA will also begin charging customers $1 to replace their cards. These ideas I pitched to Peter Kalikow when he was MTA Chairman a few years ago. I know if I make this claim my enemies won’t believe me. However most people will agree this will go a long way to cut the resources and waste of printing new Metrocards and assigning them long serial numbers. As for the card replacement fee it would promote reusing their Metrocards as opposed to letting them be thrown all over the station.
I recently pitched the new chairman and MTA board to put stipulations:
* leave newspaper stacks unsecured so that wind drafts from the weather or subway will blow them all over the station.
* leave newspapers on benches hoping riders will take it (most do not get taken and are left for cleaners to dispose of)
* pilot a program to encourage subway riders to place their newspapers (gently used) back into a location so that others can take them. This would greatly reduce the volume of free newspapers to print and distribute. And I always hated the idea that someone will look at a paper momentarily and toss into the garbage.