MTA considers MetroCard 'green' surcharge

A train arrives to the Astor Place station early Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 in New York. (AP Photo/ Dima Gavrysh)

July 27, 2012 6:52:01 AM PDT
The MTA is considering adding on a 'green fee' on each new MetroCard to encourage riders to recycle their cards.

The proposal for the $1 surcharge was contained in the agency's preliminary budget for next year.

The aim is to reduce the number of cards that are printed and discarded.

The surcharge would produce about $18 million a year for the MTA.

MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg told the Daily News ( ) that the agency prints and encodes an average of 160 million MetroCards a year at a cost of about $9.5 million. Printing fewer cards will save the MTA about $2 million.

He said printing fewer cards will reduce litter in the subway system and help the environment.

The Straphangers Campaign has endorsed the plan.


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