Updated MetroCard Grace Periods

Last month, I shared a press release from the MTA which discussed MetroCard grace periods. However with the changes made due to the financial package passed by Albany, the grace periods have changed. Here are the complete details courtesy of a just released press release:

Customers who purchase a 1-Day Fun Pass, 7-Day, 14-Day or 30-Day Unlimited MetroCard prior to the scheduled June 28th fare change, and use them for the first time no later than July 6th, will receive all of the unlimited travel they are entitled to. Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards are not affected and can be used normally after the increase.

1-Day Fun Passes purchased prior to June 28, 2009 will be valid through July 6th. 7-Day unlimited cards (including 7-day Express Bus Plus passes) will be valid through July 12th, and 14-Day Unlimited Cards will be valid through July 19th. 30-Day Unlimited MetroCards purchased prior to June 28th will be valid through Tuesday, August 4th, 2009.

Customers who use Unlimited-ride cards purchased prior to June 28th for the first time on July 7th or thereafter, and find themselves with unused or partially used cards after August 4th, can send in the card for a cash refund. Refunds for partially used cards will be made on a pro-rated basis; unused cards will be refunded in full. Customers can send in their unused or partially used cards to MetroCard Customer Claims by picking up a self-addressed, postage-paid business reply envelope at subway station booths.

Customers can also take this opportunity to sign up for the EasyPayXpress MetroCard, the MetroCard that refills itself automatically. The EasyPayXpress MetroCard is good for two years, which eliminates the need for multiple card purchases, and that’s good for the environment. Customers can use their credit card, debit card or pre-tax transportation benefits card to sign up for EasyPayXpress, and choose either the 30-Day Unlimited Ride or Pay-Per-Ride option. All account transactions can be reviewed on line on a secured website. And there’s no loss if the card is lost or stolen.

Customers interested in information about EasyPayXpress can visit www.mta.info for complete details.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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