The switch from token use to fare cards on the New York City subways has forced the end of a tradition, said Clifton Hood, associate professor of history and the author of “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York, in the Dec. 18 New York Times story “No Tokens, or Incentive to Hoard”.
“The fare card obviously gives the authority much more control over hoarding, and hoarding becomes much more difficult,” said Hood. “The New York impulse to bend corners, to creatively beat the system, is compromised. It's the street-smart New Yorker, always looking for an angle, and always trying to beat the system in some way. He's not a cheat, he's not a liar, he's not dishonest. He's just looking for an angle. What the fare card does is put obstacles in his path.”