They’ll be replaced by OMNY card machines
Even though the journey was lengthy and difficult, it was undoubtedly unforgettable. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. According to a tweet from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the ubiquitous MetroCard machines that have been strewn across our subway stations since 1999 will be phased away in “the not-so-distant future” (MTA).
The OMNY vending machines, the tap-to-pay stations that have already been installed across some stations, will formally replace the ticket dispensers. The changeover will be finished by the end of 2023, claims Curbed.
Even if this isn’t the first time the city has made adjustments to our outdated but still vital subway system (subway tokens!), the modifications are nevertheless regrettable. The bright machines have a certain quality that is very New York.
Usually disinclined to profess their love for anything concerning the city’s transportation system, New Yorkers have taken to social media to— gasp! —sorrowfully mourn the imminent passing of the ticket machines, a fact that points to the stature of the objects within the local cultural canon.
Here are a collection of some of the most on-point tweets about the news:
Unfortunately, it’s time to go. We have to admit that we adore the OMNY machines, despite the fact that we will undoubtedly regret seeing the dispensers in the near future. They are simple to use (just tap!), don’t require more card storage in our wallets, and, ideally, cut down on commute time.