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Farewell, MetroCard (Eventually)

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The MetroCard turned 20 this week, but it only has a few more years of life left. The MTA is aiming to have a new fare system in place by 2019. The disposable MetroCard system has become increasingly expensive to maintain, so the MTA wants something that cuts costs and increases convenience. This could meant debit card-like "bank issued contactless cards" or something with mobile ticketing and smartphones, which looks the most likely right now. An RFP to develop the new system should be released in 2015. [Co.Design]