NEW YORK CITY — An MTA proposal would charge $1 for all new MetroCards, a so-called "green fee" to encourage subway riders users to reuse their cards rather than ditching them, according to a news report.
The plan would mean an $18 million revenue for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York Daily News reported. It would save the authority $2 million on printing cards, the paper reported.
A spokesman for the MTA, Adam Lisberg, told the Daily News that the goal of the plan was to reduce the number of cards that are printed, then discarded and tossed in landfills.
“We want people to use fewer MetroCards,” Lisberg said. “It’s good for the environment and will reduce litter in our stations. If it costs $1 to replace your card, you won’t see [MetroCards on the ground] anymore.”
The Straphangers Campaign, a transit interest group, has endorsed the plan, according to the Wall Street Journal.