So here’s an idea that came to my mind. I’m sure I am not the first one to think of this, so I’m by no means trying to take credit. I’m just trying to initiate the discussion.
What if Metrocards were priced based on residency?
People living in the 5 boros would receive a significant discount on Metrocards while people from out of town would pay the higher rate.
Let’s assume that the price of all fares are going up. With that in mind, let’s make the out of towner rate a premium and residence get a break. Maybe the price of a monthly unlimited card goes up to just $90 for residence.
You could sell them like TransitCheks. Residents would simply receive their cards via mail or from their employers. Or maybe it is just one card that automatically gets renewed month to month. That way you would be able to verify who is a resident.
You could attach it to drivers liscences or ID cards even!
Just an idea.