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Why do MetroCards expire?

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i have an easypay metrocard and the wear/tear that card gets far far exceeds the expire date on my card. if you put the card into a vending machine, it should give you a new card

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Supposedly, due to eventual wear & tear, the MTA claims that it can't access data on the card after 3 years....

Personally, I think it's nothing more than a money grab.....

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They should just charge more and provide better quality cards. They are part of the environmental problem when they make cheap disposable sheets of plastic available at nearly no cost. What I’d like is an aluminum card built to last a decade or more. Give the cards a premium feel and people will be less inclined to leave their cards everywhere.

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Why bother when they'll be gone in a year or two? The OMNY cards however should be much more durable (and expire less frequently). Hopefully.

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I've had my reduced fare card since 2017 and it doesn't expire anytime soon. However my picture on the card is Fading away, I use my card a lot and I mean A LOT and the stripe is still holding up strong.

 

 

I do get nervous when I use the SBS machines though since those machines sometimes eat Metrocards and don't spit them back out.

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1 hour ago, Lance said:

Why bother when they'll be gone in a year or two? The OMNY cards however should be much more durable (and expire less frequently). Hopefully.

Of course they will... It's tap and go versus swiping or dipping... 

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To answer the question, it's basically what others have said... Wear and tear on the card makes it difficult to read over time.

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2 hours ago, Lance said:

Why bother when they'll be gone in a year or two? The OMNY cards however should be much more durable (and expire less frequently). Hopefully.

Random curiosity.

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On 8/11/2019 at 7:27 PM, B35 via Church said:

Supposedly, due to eventual wear & tear, the MTA claims that it can't access data on the card after 3 years....

Personally, I think it's nothing more than a money grab.....

I can see that, but why have an expiration date of one year after sale basically?

The cards had expiration dates before they started charging a dollar for them.

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