MTA MetroCards Now Refillable

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:

Dear Thomas Prendergast and NYC Transit:
After reading several articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and Daily News about the MTA piloting a program of removing garbage cans to see if people will take their trash with them I have some additional ideas.
MTA NYC Transit should work with the appropriate agencies to pass legislation to regulate how the free newspapers such as Metro and amNY papers are distributed. Most distributors will:

* 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)

* require amNY staple the pages of the paper so that they are not easily separated which makes cleanup easier (Metro News does it and The Village Voice recently started it)
* 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.
I understand these restrictions may violate the freedom of the press but distribution can happen as long it does not interfere with a service such as public transportation. In this case the production of large amounts of unsightly garbage does interfere with a public good because it causes track fires and adds to maintenance costs.This is analogous to the judge who recently ruled that Occupy Wall Street protesters can use their freedom of speech to protest as long as they don’t interfere with park goers.
In an extreme case they should just completely outlaw it within a certain distance of stations. I hope these suggested ideas will go a long way in helping your agency keep cleanup and garbage disposal costs down and promote a cleaner New York City Transit system.
Sincerely,

Dick

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