All that yellow plastic you see scattered around the floor of your favorite subway station may look cheap and disposable.
But the MTA says it costs the agency $20 million a year to print and clean up those cards. So the MTA is now planning a $1 surcharge on MetroCards to help offset the cost.
The MTA insists regular riders will hang on to the cards they have, and refill them, instead of buying new cards and paying the fee.
That would lead to less waste, cleaner stations, and less overtime spent on the janitors who have to pick up the discarded cards.