Angry subway riders ‘swipe back’ at MTA fare hike
Angry straphangers have launched a campaign in an attempt to “swipe back” at the MTA for raising fares.
The “No Fare Hikes” campaign is encouraging riders with Unlimited MetroCards to swipe other riders through the turnstiles for free as a way to protest fare hikes. The action is legal.
The campaign’s website says: “If you use your unlimited card to swipe someone else in, then you’re effectively helping them boycott the fare hike.”
Campaigners are broadcasting their message via fliers and Twitter. They are also handing out “swipe back!” buttons.
MTA fare hikes go into effect this weekend. The fare for a single subway or bus ride goes up from $2.25 to $2.50 beginning at 12 a.m. on Sunday. An unlimited MetroCard will go up from $104 to $112.