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Old 05-30-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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I'm moving to the city in a few weeks and, in making a budget for myself, I'm trying to figure out what MetroCard to get... From your experience, is the unlimited ride the best bet for residents? I noticed they raised the price to $89.

Few facts:

1) I'm comfortable walking a lot.
2) I'll be in Morningside Heights.
3) I don't have a car.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:18 PM
 
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I have it and I do a lot of walking. Of course I use it extensively to get to the places I'm going to walk.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Haven't paid for a subway or bus ride separately in a long time, but a ride is $2.25 now, right? So you need to make 20 round-trips (or 40 one-way) a month in order to make it worth it, so I guess you can figure from that?
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Old 05-30-2010, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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The more you use the system, the better deal an unlimited ride MetroCard is. Plain and simple.
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Old 05-30-2010, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Katonah, NY
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It really depends on where you will be going. If you live in Morningside Heights but work 5 days a week in Midtown or the financial district - you will certainly want an umlimited metro card. Unless you are going to spend the majority of your time in Morningside Heights - you will probably want an unlimited metro card. Even if you like walking - Morningside Heights is pretty far north. It's about 20 blocks to a mile - so if you need to go somewhere in the 50's - that's at least 3 miles. And 3 miles of waiting for crosswalks and traffic - so it's going to take you longer than you'd expect. However, if you are mostly going to be within a 10 block radius of your apartment - then you probably will not need one.
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Old 05-31-2010, 12:25 AM
 
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Thanks everyone - yeah, I'll be getting the unlimited.
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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Unlimited- $89
Paying per ride- $2.25 / 1.15 (discount for any purchase above $8) = $1.96

$89 / 1.96 = 45 rides
You use more than 45 rides in 30 days, get the unlimited.

If they raise fares, which they will, the pay-per-ride and price of unlimited will go up about proportionately, making the relationship still the same.
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