If you don’t get an unlimited weekly or monthly MetroCard, you probably put random amounts on your card each time, or you might select one of the MTA’s payment prompts–a $9.00 MetroCard with a $.45 bonus, a $19.00 card with a $.95 bonus, or a $39.00 card with a $1.95 bonus. If you fall into one of these two camps, you’re likely always left with a useless amount of change on the card that will never add up to the $2.50 it costs for a single train ride. All of that leftover change going unused on thousands of MetroCards each day is being collected by the MTA, in what seems like a purposeful tactic. But now, thanks to statistician Ben Wellington, we have the solution to one of NYC life’s biggest dilemmas–$19.05 is the is the perfect amount to load on your MetroCard so that you’ll get eight subway rides without a penny left over.
Chart based on the current fares (L) and future fares (R), via I Quant NY
In addition to $19.05 for eight rides, $11.90 will get you a perfect five rides and $30.95 will get you 13 rides. Wellington’s also figured out all amounts under $40, taking into account the MTA’s five percent bonus, where you’ll only have a few pennies to spare. Of course, this will all change when the MTA hikes up its fares in just a couple of short weeks, when one ride will be $2.75 and the bonus will be 11 percent. But Wellington has that covered. On his site I Quant NY, he writes, “The MTA might leave things as is, with $9, $19 and $39 preset buttons. If they go that route, it’s time to start memorizing a new set of numbers again New York! And the magic number seems to be $22.30. Just use the ‘Other Amounts’ button, type in $22.30 and you get $24.75 on your card…exactly nine trips.”
[Via Business Insider]
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