In light of an unprecedented shutdown of all Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY) services because of Hurricane Irene, some customers were wondering whether the MTA would issue discounts or extensions on their $104 unlimited MetroCards. The answer, according to New York Times reporter Michael M. Grynbaum, is No. The MTA started shutting down service at noon on Saturday, both to ensure passenger safety and to protect equipment from anticipated flood damage. And, in fairness to the MTA, Grynbaum adds that the MTA waived bus fares across the city starting Friday night and also suspended subway fares at stations in the city’s mandatory evacuation zones. Link to full story in The New York Times.
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