Trip Planner

Newest edition of 2007 issued metrocard “Trip Planner” features 24/7 voice advisory.


Proctology Clinic

Medical office sponsored this metrocard to advertised their service for proctology. The same ad was seen on billboard next to Gowanus Expressway. It had limited circulation mostly in Brooklyn and some in Manhattan on 34th street station of A/C/E line.


GRaphic Safety Set

2 new graphic cards appeared in the fall of 2009. They resembled safety cards but with graphic interpretations.
MTA did not go produce more similar cards.

Similar leaflet has been published.



Exactly the same design as in 2008 just different days of performances and different leaflets one and two.


Another version of ‘Take the 7 train to the game’ to promote subway use to get to new Mets stadium ‘Citi Field’.


This metrocard promotes usage of automatic refills on metrocard. Metrocard itself called EasyPay and can be automatically refilled via credit or ATM card.

Customer when subscribe for the service gets metrocard which looks like this.

And later the same year another metrocard came out with slightly different message on it.



MetroPCS set

MetroPcs communication company sponsored originally one metrocard and few month late another one, the second metrocard has less circulation than first one.




As part of ongoing arts for transit, MTA commissioned artist Reed Seifer to create new metrocard. He came up with a single word “optimism”. However he acknowledged that small hole at the end of the metrocard which looks like a dot was not in his design idea, it just happened. There are 2 versions of this card with different font. New version with very slightly different font appeared in January 2010. Total number of issued cards is 14 million.

I met the artist who created this metrocard and got autograph on one of them.



Train of Thought Set

Another black and white series introduced in 2009: “Train of Thought” sponsored by New York Times and WQXR radio also owned by NYT. Each card has a quotation from famous writer or thinker.

Since NYT sold radio station WQXR Jeopardy! ABC7 show start sponsoring this series.

All together there are 26 cards already. Quotations from Shakespeare, Einstein, Elliot, Donne, Kafka, Poincare, Darwin, Lincoln, Kant, Morison, Arnold, Chuang Tzu, Herodotus, Nietzsche, Poincare, Howe, Wilde, Greeley, Whitman, Emerson, Khatun, Boethius.

The last cards have different sponsors: Jeopardy! ABC7 stays as a sponsor, but New York Times dropped out and was replaced by New York Public Library and The Humanities Initiative at NYU.

It was very obvious choice to start this series with quotation from Shakespeare.

Transit Facts Series

MTA issued metrocards with some facts about subway system. Series was named ‘Transit Facts’.