was a nightmare for the other families to wait for identification."
Just how much does the government want to
track us, by issuing tracking devices?
Metrocard is a re-writeable magnetic card. It's new to us New Yorkers.
They are individually serial-numbered.
* "Metrocards to Replace School Transit Passes"
* By John Sullivan, The New York Times, 8/26/1996
* About 500,000 students will now have their bus and subway usage tracked by
* Metrocards, in an effort to save money. Unlike current passes, which
* students can use anytime between 6 A.M. and 7 P.M. on weekdays, the
* Metrocard pass can be programmed to restrict the students to a set number
* of trips a day.
* Ms. Gonzalez-Light, a spokeswoman for the Board of Education, said they
* would work with the Transit Authority to individualize the number of
* trips per student to adjust for extra-curricular activities.
Then you could track each individual student? Decide if they might be truant
including if they didn't use it, or went the wrong way?
* "Last Clink for Token-Only Turnstiles"
* By Garry Pierre-Pierre, The New York Times, May 14 1997
* The last token-only turnstile was ripped out today.
* Officials have spent $700 million over a four-year period to automate the
* system, including upgrading the electrical wiring and the computer systems
* to link up the vast networ