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Old 08-14-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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I was just looking at the MTA website developer resources and the datasets that they have. One of the more interesting datasets that I don't think any app has exploited yet is the "swipes per week by type of MetroCard" but it's fairly easy to throw it into a spreadsheet and crunch some numbers.

I find it odd that last week, there were only 53349 out of 29,488,752 swipes by an EZPay unlimited metrocard (which I have). For the convenience that it offers, I'm truly surprised that adoption hasn't been that good (which explains the MTA's advertising campaign about it - it's better for ALL parties involved I think).

So why don't people use it?

(edited to fix total number, original was just full fare metrocards, looked at the wrong spot in my spreadsheet)
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:42 PM
 
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Looks like it's a real pain in the butt if you lose one, and the only advantage is not having to use the machines.
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Old 08-14-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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Well, you don't have to visit the machine or wonder about when the card expires - whenever you go to a turnstile it just works. Now, if you're prone to losing your MetroCard (I'm not sure how that happens - I keep mine in my wallet except the few seconds that its in active use) then it might be a pain.
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Old 08-14-2011, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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A few things one is that a lot of people arent aware of its existence. Im not surprised because frankly MTA does a terrible job of keeping users informed. The other thing is youd be surprised at how many people dont have credit or bank accounts.
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: New York City via Austin via Chicago
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Also, the Metrocards have swiping problems all the time. Keeping the same card, you will undoubtedly encounter problems. My wife had to mail in 2 consecutive metrocards due to them not swiping. If you lose your card though, call MTA customer service and they'd suspend that card and replace it(with the EZ pay).
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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I was just looking at the MTA website developer resources and the datasets that they have. One of the more interesting datasets that I don't think any app has exploited yet is the "swipes per week by type of MetroCard" but it's fairly easy to throw it into a spreadsheet and crunch some numbers.

I find it odd that last week, there were only 53349 out of 29,488,752 swipes by an EZPay unlimited metrocard (which I have). For the convenience that it offers, I'm truly surprised that adoption hasn't been that good (which explains the MTA's advertising campaign about it - it's better for ALL parties involved I think).

So why don't people use it?

(edited to fix total number, original was just full fare metrocards, looked at the wrong spot in my spreadsheet)
The thing that worries me about it is that sometimes the fareboxes/turnstiles screw up, and another fare is taken off instead of a transfer, or there's a "Read Error", and in reality it took off the fare.

I mean, there isn't much I could do, but it's good to know that extra money was taken from the MetroCard.

Plus, I'm sure it's a PITA to cancel the MetroCard, and there are probably a lot of people who don't have credit cards (or they're in debt and don't want another charge automatically added to their card)
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Old 08-14-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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I don't like automatic payments (debits). I like to have control over when I pay my bills.
I'm assuming a lot of folks feel the same way.
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: East Village
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I don't like automatic payments (debits). I like to have control over when I pay my bills.
I'm assuming a lot of folks feel the same way.
Yep. That's why I stopped using mine.

I also didn't like that you can't change the minimum before it refills. I mean, a $45 refill when the card hits $20?! It's ridiculous to me that they basically always have $20 of my money now no matter what.
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:52 PM
 
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It's ridiculous to me that they basically always have $20 of my money now no matter what.
thats why i will never use this. It seems like a waste of 20 dollars because you will never be able to use it. If they can change the amount to 5-10 dollars then i might sign up for the service
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:19 AM
 
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If your MTA card is lost or stolen, you can get the pro-rated amount refunded if you paid with a credit or debit card, doesn't matter if it is EZ Pay or not. This just happened to me last month (was an unlimited monthly card), and they refunded me for the days not used(right back into my bank account). So you don't need to have an EZ card for that protection. I do believe if you save your cash receipt and you lose the card, you can get the same balance protection (with the receipt).
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