MTA Weighing MetroCard “Green” $1 Surcharge

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metrocardThe 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.

{NBC NEW YORK}

{Matzav.com Newscenter}

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