How the MTA’s vending machine became a New York design icon

NYC is slowly moving toward phasing out MetroCard vending machines to make way for OMNY. OMNY is just one of the many steps NYC is going to take in her lifetime to maintain her dynamic nature. Is OMNY needed? Who’s to say. Is it happening? Yep. Insert an indulgent ‘New York’s not what it used to be’ pause here and take a moment to appreciate the history of how we pay to take public transportation. From Engadget on YouTube:

In its 119-year history, the NYC subway system’s straphangers went from tickets, to tokens, to mastering the swipe. In 1997 the MetroCard debuted, and 1999 saw the introduction of the MetroCard vending machine. Together they became a beloved, iconic part of New York’s visual identity. They were also the first public-facing project by Antenna Design, whose founders Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger have since left their distinct, thoughtful design all over New York City with projects like LinkNYC.


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