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File #: Res 0409-2014    Version: * Name: MTA to alter its policies so that customers never end up with a MetroCard with less than a full fare in value.
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Transportation
On agenda: 9/10/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to alter its policies so that customers never end up with a MetroCard with less than a full fare in value.
Sponsors: Carlos Menchaca, Chaim M. Deutsch, Antonio Reynoso
Council Member Sponsors: 3
Res. No. 409
 
 
Resolution calling upon the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to alter its policies so that customers never end up with a MetroCard with less than a full fare in value.
 
 
By Council Members Menchaca, Deutsch and Reynoso
      Whereas, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) offers two primary types of MetroCards that allow customers to pay subway and bus fares: Pay-Per-Ride and Unlimited; and      
      Whereas, Customers can add any amount between $5 and $100 to their Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard, with a 5 percent "bonus" added to the value of the card with each transaction; and
      Whereas, The bonus results in one free fare for every 20 full fare rides; and
      Whereas, Though the bonus is advantageous for customers, as MetroCards are used and their value is depleted, it can result in MetroCards with balances of less than a full $2.50 fare; and
      Whereas, Visitors who are leaving the city and people who start using other forms of transportation can be left with MetroCards that have value but are unusable without refilling them; and
      Whereas, Similarly, households may accumulate multiple MetroCards with varying "unusable" balances; and
      Whereas, For the sake of convenience and ease-of-use for its customers, the MTA should devise a system in which customers are not left with "unusable" balances on their MetroCards while maintaining the principle of a free fare for every 20 full fares; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to alter its policies so that customers never end up with a MetroCard with less than a full fare in value.
LS# 2094
7/9/2014
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