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Breeze Thru Turnstiles Like Never Before!
Ever perform a juggling routine at the
train turnstile as you extract your
Metrocard from your wallet, running it
through the scanner (multiple times!!),
returning it to your wallet, while carefully
positioning your book, attache case,
newspaper, packages et. al. all the while
for erstwhile pickpockets and
As a patron of the NYC public
transportation system, my onerous
commute can be made somewhat easier
with the introduction of a RFID system
implemented by way of having the
Metrocards chipped and installing
scanners in the turnstiles.
This will also reduce the amount of cards
which are lost or stolen, as one will simply
leave it in their pocket or purse and never
have the oppurtunity to remove it and lose
Speedpass for Subways
This December 2002 article states that RFID SmartTrip speedpasses are already being market tested for the Metro Washington DC transit system and would be in use on the London Underground by 2004. [jurist, Sep 25 2005]