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Old 31st December 2016, 04:48   #16
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It sucks that they no longer have a one day ticket.

Agree. And even when they did offer a one day ticket, it was not valid for 24 hours but only until midnight of the day of use.

When MetroCard was introduced in the 1990's, NYCT did not want to offer any type of unlimited ride pass, fearing revenue loss. Fortunately, a new State Governor promised to implement 1, 7 and 30 day unlimited ride passes if elected; he was and such passes were sold.

But NYCT had little enthusiasm for selling the 1 day pass, so they set the sale price at a high per diem rate, and limited sales venues for such passes.

Fast forward to several years later--during one of the fare increases they quietly dropped the 1 day pass, citing low sales as an excuse!
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Old 7th January 2017, 00:33   #17
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Hiya everyone. Sorry, heard about some Long Island derailment earlier. On Saturday we will be travelling said route out to JFK to come back (see above). I know it's early days. But can we expect any disruption due to the incident?

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Hi everyone thanks for help so far. We are returning tomorrow (Saturday). Heard of a derailment on the LIRR the other day, will this impact on our journey out to JFK tomorrow ?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 7th January 2017, 00:43   #18
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Hiya everyone. Sorry, heard about some Long Island derailment earlier. On Saturday we will be travelling said route out to JFK to come back (see above). I know it's early days. But can we expect any disruption due to the incident?

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Hi everyone thanks for help so far. We are returning tomorrow (Saturday). Heard of a derailment on the LIRR the other day, will this impact on our journey out to JFK tomorrow ?

Thanks in advance.
The derailment happened on a different line so I doubt you would be affected.
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Old 7th January 2017, 01:33   #19
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The derailment happened on a different line so I doubt you would be affected.
Phew, thanks!

Will leave loads of time anyway in case of extra security following the incident in Florida earlier.
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On another note, I must report on the New York metro trains. It's a breeze compared to LUL!

We have only had to use it 6 times in total. Found it very simple, and most importantly, every time we could simply walk into the station, pay $3 each and get a single paper ticket!!!

Something so simple. But that visitors to London could only dream of !

Although I must say, they can't be purchased at the booking offices, I tried this a few times but was directed to the machine each time

And when at the machine, you can not select multiple tickets to buy two single tickets in the same transaction, this seems ludicrous.

But just for being able to walk in, pay €3 cash, get a ticket to anywhere, travel, throw it away... a dream !!

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Found it very simple, and most importantly, every time we could simply walk into the station, pay $3 each and get a single paper ticket!!!

Something so simple. But that visitors to London could only dream of !
You can still buy paper tickets for the London Underground. It just costs a lot more. Personally, I think being able to touch in and touch out with your bank card meaning that you don't need to buy tickets at all is easier. New York's Metrocard is ancient technology and is due to be replaced by a contactless system.
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Old 7th January 2017, 12:23   #21
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You can still buy paper tickets for the London Underground. It just costs a lot more. Personally, I think being able to touch in and touch out with your bank card meaning that you don't need to buy tickets at all is easier. New York's Metrocard is ancient technology and is due to be replaced by a contactless system.
Except to foreign tourists who get ripped off with bank fees etc. Which is why I change enough money up before going away. Haven't had to use any cards once on this trip and very rarely do !
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Old 7th January 2017, 14:17   #22
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You're using the wrong cards then!

I found the Metrocard a pain, Oyster being much more user friendly for the occasional user too.
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Old 7th January 2017, 14:37   #23
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Except to foreign tourists who get ripped off with bank fees etc. Which is why I change enough money up before going away. Haven't had to use any cards once on this trip and very rarely do !
Didn't you check out my link to good cards to use when you are abroad?
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Old 7th January 2017, 14:42   #24
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Didn't you check out my link to good cards to use when you are abroad?
I still rather use cash TBH, easier and don't have to worry about card cloning etc in foreign countries. And it's pretty safe. Leave most in hotel safe only taking enough out for what I need that day.

Oyster is ok if you live in London or are visiting for the week. But say if you are only here for a day, or only need to make one journey (say if you need to transit from Heathrow to City for example to make the onward journey) it's useless, then you are forced into rip off cash fares.

So I still think the $3 NYC metro cash fare paper ticket is a godsend compared to our system in London.
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Old 7th January 2017, 15:26   #25
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Cash safer than a card? You're definitely using the wrong cards then! But each to their own.

Still don't get the Oyster being far inferior though, especially when making frequent short hops, but I don't care about having a paper ticket!
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