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Old 04-18-2012, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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No, you cannot use a paper transfer from the bus to the subway. Next time you're in the subway, throw a few bucks on your metrocard. It doesn't take but 2 minutes to do and will save you an extra $2.25. One time I knew I didn't have enough on my card to pay full fare on the bus but I knew exactly how much was on it so I paid coin first then dipped my metrocard so I wouldn't lose the transfer. The bus driver got all pissy about it and said I was supposed to use my card FIRST then pay with coin. Right-that way I could give MTA another fare when I got down to the subway.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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No, you cannot use a paper transfer from the bus to the subway. Next time you're in the subway, throw a few bucks on your metrocard. It doesn't take but 2 minutes to do and will save you an extra $2.25. One time I knew I didn't have enough on my card to pay full fare on the bus but I knew exactly how much was on it so I paid coin first then dipped my metrocard so I wouldn't lose the transfer. The bus driver got all pissy about it and said I was supposed to use my card FIRST then pay with coin. Right-that way I could give MTA another fare when I got down to the subway.


So, are you saying that you can combine coin AND Metrocard to make up the $2.25 bus fare? And if done in the right order you can get the transfer.
Spooky! You are one wily coyote.

I didn't know there were so many ins and outs. That would take care of those partial ride cards...with the $1.18 on them.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:30 PM
 
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So, are you saying that you can combine coin AND Metrocard to make up the $2.25 bus fare? And if done in the right order you can get the transfer.
Spooky! You are one wily coyote.

I didn't know there were so many ins and outs. That would take care of those partial ride cards...with the $1.18 on them.
Yes, you can combine both. It had happened to me once before but the 1st time I didn't know how much exactly was left on the card, only that I was short the full fare. I then realized, hey, now I don't get my transfer and will have to pay again for the subway. My investigative skills came in handy . The bus driver said I'm supposed to do it the other way around. She must have stock in MTA and was worried about someone not paying another $2.25 lol. Years ago you got a free fare added to your card as a "bonus" if you put $10 or more on your card. Now you get a percentage and there's always an odd amount left over. That's how they get you because I don't think the machines in the subway and on the buses accept pennies. I also tried adding an odd amount so I would have an even amount left on my card and the machine wouldn't accept it even though I was paying with an ATM card. I wanted to add like $2.27 or something and it would let me. Shenanigans, I tell ya.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:59 PM
 
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I wish the MTA would join the 21st century and have a site online to refill your MetroCard. I don't take the subway often at all, mostly the express bus to/from the Bronx. Once the funds on my card run out, I'm that person using coins, because the only way for me to fill my card is to go into a subway station.
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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I wish the MTA would join the 21st century and have a site online to refill your MetroCard. I don't take the subway often at all, mostly the express bus to/from the Bronx. Once the funds on my card run out, I'm that person using coins, because the only way for me to fill my card is to go into a subway station.
PayXpress - but that requires that you always have at least $20 on the card.
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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is payexpress online?
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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PayXpress - but that requires that you always have at least $20 on the card.

Yes, I believe it's like the EZ-Pass. You need a debit or credit card and it automatically replenishes when the card is below $20. I haven't done it because for some reason, I just don't trust MTA. I've had double fares taken from my metrocards. I've had cards that suddenly stopped working so I can imagine them replenishing a card that the card reader can't read.
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:34 PM
 
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is payexpress online?
Yep:

mta.info | EasyPay MetroCard
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:09 AM
 
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I don't want anything that "automatically" replenishes - I don't trust the city for a second when it comes to that. I just don't get why I can't go to the MTA website, put in the # on the back of my existing MetroCard, and refill it. Why isn't there an app for that?
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