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3rd-Mar-2010 11:11 am
belle in town
Okay, so I thought this would be a really easy question, but no one I ask seems to know for sure, and google and the MTA website are proving unhelpful in this particular circumstance.

I have an unlimited 30-day MetroCard that expires tomorrow. Every time I swipe, it informs me that 3/4 is the expiration date. What I'm not sure about is this - will my card work ON 3/4, or will it stop working at midnight tonight? I never have had to think about this before because I never took the bus, and if my MetroCard stopped me at the turnstile, I just turned around and bought a new one. However, I'm now taking the bus every morning, and I'm very concerned about getting tossed to the curb when my card is expired!

Thank you so much in advance!
3rd-Mar-2010 04:15 pm (UTC)
It will work on 3/4...it expires at midnight that day so at 12:01 on 3/5 it will no longer work.

btw Beauty and the Beast icon = ftw :)

Edited at 2010-03-03 04:15 pm (UTC)
3rd-Mar-2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU! Lord, you cannot believe how glad I am to know that!

(And I may or may not have scoured the interwebs for an appropriate icon of Belle in BLUE. None of that yellow crap.)
3rd-Mar-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I love the blue dress so much omg. I basically wanted to be Belle when I was little I'm not going to lie.
3rd-Mar-2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
I basically still want to be Belle... it's not too late!
3rd-Mar-2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
You've already been answered, but why not buy your new one now? You have to buy it within the next two days anyway, so why not have it ready already
3rd-Mar-2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
Well, that leads me to another question - I'm pretty sure I'm right, but my 30 days doesn't begin until I swipe it for the first time. Right?
3rd-Mar-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
3rd-Mar-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)

And it counts as a full day even if you swipe at 11:58 PM.
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3rd-Mar-2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Woah, really? That does put a damper on this plan! Do you think most bus drivers will let you get away with it? I mean, I am on the bus at 7am - surely the driver would understand?
4th-Mar-2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Granted, this has been my experience on one bus line only (B52), but a few times when my card was not active or it had expired, the driver just let me on.

Even if I knew the card expired, then I started digging around for the change (that I put in my pocket just in case), they usually wave me on.
3rd-Mar-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
It will work on 3/4. But what I always do is buy a new unlimited a few days before the old one is set to expire, so in case I'm running late or lose track of the day it expires and get stuck at an entrance with no vending machine, I have the new one already. The 30 days don't start until the first time you swipe it!
3rd-Mar-2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I always carry around a pay-per-ride for just in case moments.

Actually, I don't get out much right now, so I use a pay-per-ride unless somebody else is home, then I just take their unlimited, but that's another issue.
3rd-Mar-2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
so smart...i need to start doing this. last time i was caught on the bus with an expired card was really embarrassing.
3rd-Mar-2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
3/4 is the last day your card will work :)
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