MTA Issues 2 Million Commemorative Mets MetroCards

Sticking with MTA & New York Mets related news, the MTA just issued a press release to announce an issue of 2 million commemorative New York Mets MetroCards. Here are the complete details:

The best way to get to and from a Mets game is by riding the 7 to Mets-Willets Point. It’s fast, convenient and the 7 stops just steps away from the front gate. And just think, MetroCard is your ticket to ride!

For weekday afternoon and all weekend games, there is local service only to the stadium. However, for evening games express service whisks you from Midtown Manhattan to Flushing. Customers attending night games, including weekends, benefit from express service back to Manhattan.

Express trains leave Willets Point shortly after the conclusion of each home game and the service runs until about one hour after the game. Express trains are queued outside of Willets Point and arrive on the middle track every six minutes. The travel time between Mets- Willets Point and Queensboro Plaza has also been shortened by about six minutes compared with local service.

“Subway service to and from Mets games has been a major league hit with baseball fans,” noted John Hoban Flushing Line General Manager, who added that post-game express service after weeknight games was especially popular with the baseball fans.

To commemorate the new stadium and the Mets, NYC Transit has issued 2 million black and white MetroCards titled ‘Take the 7 Train to the Game,’ which are currently in MetroCard Vending Machines in 10 busy stations along the line, including Mets-Willets Point, Grand Central-42nd Street and Times Square-42nd Street.

Train service to Mets-Willets Point is also available on eastbound Port Washington Branch trains from Penn Station and westbound trains from Great Neck and Port Washington. The train ride is just 18 minutes from Penn Station to Mets-Willets Point. For those traveling on the LIRR from Long Island, the new ballpark is just six minutes from Woodside, 17 minutes from Great Neck and 27 minutes from Port Washington. From Long Island, customers may go directly to the stadium from Port Washington Branch stations. Customers from other branches should transfer at Woodside.

The LIRR’s Mets-Willets Point Station is not handicapped accessible. LIRR Customers with mobility impairments who are traveling to see the Mets should travel to Woodside Station. At Woodside Station, which is ADA accessible, customers should transfer to a Flushing-bound 7 subway train to the Mets-Willets Point subway stop, and then use the ramp to reach Roosevelt Avenue, across from the ballpark. To return to Woodside after the game, customers with mobility impairments should board the 7 subway and travel one stop east to its end point, the Flushing-Main Street Station. There, after a brief wait on the train, the subway will head west to Woodside. This is necessary due to the location of the ramp, which will only permit access to the eastbound platform.

Any commemorative cards for the new Yankee Stadium? I hope I did not miss them if they were handed out.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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