Purchasing a MetroCard is your first step to getting around on subways and buses. You can buy a MetroCard at subway stations, from either automated machines (which accept cash, ATM bank cards and regular credit cards) or booth attendants (cash only). Note that NYC's subway fare system is not based on distance traveled—it is pay-per-ride, which means you can travel anywhere in the City for the price of a cup of coffee!
Find out more at http://www.nycgo.com/
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