Smart Cards coming to NYC subways and buses

gothamist reports:

One year after some talk that the MTA was considering bringing smart card technology to roost here, the MTA is actually going to pilot test smart cards.

MTA MetroCard

we use the SmarTrip card when using the Metro in DC, and it is a real time saver, much faster through the fare gates … we also like being able to recharge it with a credit card and if we (or certain unnamed children) lose it reporting it to WMATA and getting a replacement …