Lazy Commuting in New York City

Sun, Sep 18, 2011

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This is specific to NYC; depending on your city, you may or may not have this option.

So I got an e-mail the other day from the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority, NYC’s transit division) offering their new EasyPay MetroCard. It doesn’t get any easier than this. If you have to commute regularly (or even not that often, as is the case with me) I can not understand why anyone would not want one of these cards. I generally do not commute in NYC, so when I do, I am always wondering if I have enough money on my MetroCard. The EasyPay card will allow you to view your balance online and add money if you need to. Better yet, if you lose it, you don’t lose the remaining money on the card.

Tell me why you wouldn’t want one? Unless, of course, you are one of those people that don’t use EZ-Pass. If you are lazy like me, having a commuter card that can be re-filled online is lazy 101.

Does your city offer something like this? Do you take advantage of it?

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  • Vladkraven

    Tried signing up for it. Went through the whole process, filled out all the info (including credit card) and after submitting..nothing. No confirmation screen, no email, nothing. It’s possible that something messed up on my end, but I’m gonna wait a while before trying again.nnSomething about the MTA having a database of credit card information raises some security concerns for now. Now, it’s possible that they have a third party handling the billing and payment system, but if not, I’m curious about how secure all of that information is.