Allan wrote: ↑Sat Mar 05, 2022 10:49 am
Not surprising at all. In my opinion their planning on the program is lousy. Other transit systems introduced the smart card first then worked on various fare programs I t would appear that the people behind OMNY did not intend to have a dedicated card at all but rather wanted everyone to just use credit, debit or smart devices.
I found a logic flaw in this fare cap program and told them about it. So far they haven't responded.
I've listened to multiple presentations on OMNY. It's clear that like everything else MTA does it's way behind schedule, and that many aspects have not been thought out well. They have huge ambitions for it, of course, but it brings multiple fare systems together and that's complex. They are under immense pressure to get discount programs in place and now is apparently the earliest they could do something. In the meantime, LIRR, MNCR are not included and won't be for years. I recently applied for a TA senior discount card. One of these months it will arrive. And, of course, it's a Metrocard, not on OMNY. What I find craziest is how hard it is to get an OMNY card. Same thing with the new 20 trip peak LIRR ticket - unless you are willing to gamble on using ETIX. On LIRR, you never know if and when your train will show up, and if you get it wrong you waste a very expensive ride. But you can't get this ticket from a ticket machine. Just Penn and a few other stations.
When I've listened to presentations on these discount programs, I want to scream out how stupid some of this is, but I don't. These people are super proud of their mediocrity, their being years behind schedule, and horrible distribution. In the corporate world, most of them would have been sent packing years ago.