MTA Plans to Replace MetroCards With Sensor Cards Linked to Your Bank Account

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After years of toying with the notion of the "smart card," the MTA now says it plans to replace MetroCards with a sensor-card system in three to four years. The agency's spokesman said, "It's time for MetroCard to be replaced, which provides an opportunity for a rare triple play: a new system that's easier for all customers to use, faster for boarding the transit system, and will save millions." The new system will allow commuters to pay as they go by tapping a credit card, debit card, or "MTA Card" linked to your bank account. We believe this plan is referred to in the hacker community as "a challenge." [NY1]