This set contains of 2 metrocards one in English and another in Spanish.
These cards were re-issued almost every year with variations of fonts, logos and text of instructions.
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German publishing house MarcoPolo has decided to create new type of travel book, which is more like a coffee table book than anything tourist will carry in the backpack or in packet.
They collaborated with artist James Rizzi who once was already featured with his work on metrocard issued by MTA in 1994.
The book itself is wonderful piece of work.
The first edition has circulation of 3,000.
It contains real MTA metrocard which can be taken off the book and loaded with money to use in transit in NYC. Book has 2 coupon to buy some Rizzi’s related stuff on amazon.de, 2 CDs, baggage tags with Rizzi’s drawings, post cards and card with his autograph. I highly suggest to all collectors to buy the book rather than go to Ebay and buy cards ripped off.
In November 2011 MTA introduced ‘Select Bus Service’ on routes M34 and M16 in Manhattan. It allows customers to pay for the ride on the bus stop rather than in the bus itself which suppose to speed up boarding of passengers. There are plans to do the same in other boroughs as well. The first one was in the Bronx for route Bx12.
As MTA advertised they wanted to cut down to just one number customers can call to get any kind of assistance. This is similar to New York city number 311. And it is 511. It is second times MTA makes metrocard to promote usage of this number (the first one came out almost exactly one year ago).