Mayor Mike has announced that the NY subway token is officially being phased out over the next year or so. No surprise, but still a nasty kick in the pants. I hate Metrocards—tokens were the perfect life form, and this is a huge step backwards. “Ninety-five percent of riders now use Metrocards,” sez the Mayor. Well, of course—95 percent of subways stations no longer accept tokens!! Like we had a choice.
• My main objection: “please swipe again. please swipe again. please swipe again. please swipe again. please swipe again.” That never happened with tokens.
• You could keep tokens in your pockets, your purse, your briefcase—you were never without tokens.
• If you had three tokens, you knew you had three rides left. I defy anyone to remember how many rides are left on their Metrocard at any given moment.
• You lost a token, you lost $1.50. You lose a Metrocard, you’ve lost maybe $30 or $40.
• Tokens are quaint. Doesn’t count for a lot, but still.
• I have too damn many cards in my wallet as it is—a NJ Transit train ticket, a PATH card, two cards to get into my building. I don’t need anymore goddam cards!
I miss tokens.