MBTA Fare System (Charlie, AFC 2.0, Zone, Discounts)

Riverside

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I mean... fare collection in NYC right now is not just about fare collection. The NYPD has been shown to issue the vast majority of its fare evasion summons and arrests to black and Hispanic people and in December the New York Times reported on sworn affidavits from NYPD officers who described a commander who explicitly directed them to target black and Hispanic people for fare evasion arrests.

Smashing the screens may have been vandalism, and it may have been protest. Would I have done it personally? No, I don't think so. Do I think it helps the protestors' cause? No, not particularly.

But I think it should be understood at the very least in the context of that larger discussion.
 

bobthebuilder

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Speaking as an NYC commuter, all I've wanted is to have an equivalent of the Charlie Card. The ease of pulling my whole wallet out and tapping it was perfect.
 

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