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Posted 2/11/2013 by pas2 in NSBR Board


PeaNut 28,462
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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:29:31 AM
My dd and I will be going to NYC in 3 weeks and I am very nervous since we have to use the subway. I have only used a subway in Washington DC and theirs is very simple. I think I have figured out the correct train/stop to use to get from the Port Authority to PACE university but I have a question about the metro passes. Since we will only be going down and back once can we put money on 1 card and swipe it once for each of us each way? Or do we each have to have our own card. A ride is $2.50 right, can I put just $5.00 on a card (or $10 for the two of us)?

sara b
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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:33:45 AM
I don't think you can do what you are wanting to do. If I remember right from the last 3 times I was there you would need 2 cards.

There are a lot of New York peas that I'm sure will pipe in & answer your question.

Sara B

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Posted: 2/11/2013 5:42:35 AM
You will probably need to buy individual Metro cards for each transaction. I don't believe you can load a card for just two transactions. We usually buy the 7 day unlimited but we are typically in the city 4 or more days at a time.

If you haven't already checked out the MTA website this link may help you.

Here is a link that may help you decide the best value.

Enjoy the city.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:10:47 AM

I'm a NYC Pea --

You can buy a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard and use the one card for the two of you. Through February rides are $2.25 per ride, so for four rides (each of you taking two), you'll need a $9 Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard.

On March 1 the fare increases to 2.50 per ride, so you'll need a $10 Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard. My understanding is that effective March 1, they're also going to charge $1 for new cards, so your total cost should be $11. (Likewise, if you opt to get two cards, each one should cost you $6.)

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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:22:16 AM
Yes, you can use one card. So long as it is not an unlimited ride card, those have time limits. When we went to the city last spring we used one pay per ride card for 4 of us. Then you don't have all these partially used cards laying around.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:27:13 AM
Thank you Peas. We will be traveling in March so the fare increase will be in effect.


PeaNut 224,540
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Posted: 2/11/2013 6:55:30 AM
Yeah, you guys can both use the same card, except if it is unlimited or reduced fare (senior or disabled). They are both timed, and there is 18 minutes between the time you can swipe a second time.

Regular MetroCards can be swiped one time after another right away, we do it when my mother comes out, we just put extra on one of the kids cards.
If you have any other questions, peamail me. I remember how hard the subway used to be when I first moved here.


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Posted: 2/11/2013 8:04:15 AM
If you can do the DC metro, you can definitely do the NYC subway system, which is much easier IMO.
You can definitely use one card for the both you, as long as it is the pay-per-ride type. Just make sure to swipe once, have your daughter go through the turnstile, then swipe again for yourself and go through. Do not swipe twice in a row without going through the turnstile. To save the $1 for a new card you can just pick up any one laying on the ground and refill it.

I also suggest downloading the HopStop app for your phone. If you input the destination you're going to it will give you step by step directions on how to get there by subway. It also includes a street map of where to go once you get out of the subway. If you don't have a smartphone, you can go to do it all there and then print it out.

PM me if you have any questions, I'd be glad to help =)

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