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Wrapping up the MetroCard Challenge

by Benjamin Kabak

I had to buy a new 30-Day Unlimited Ride MetroCard today. It’s a sad day when I have to part with $81. But I take comfort in knowing it’s $81 well spent. From Nov. 17 through Dec. 16, I used my card 73 times for a cost-per-ride of $1.11.

I’m a student commuting into Manhattan from Brooklyn each day, and since it’s finals, my social life is somewhat curtailed. Still, based on the spreadsheet that is open and available to the public, my usage seems to be on the high end. No matter, it’s well worth it for me to buy a 30-day card, and I save nearly 50 percent off of the pure base fare of $2.00.

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