Residents will no longer be able to use tokens for MTA buses at the start of 2004

(12/31/03) PELHAM PARKWAY - City buses will not accept tokens anymore after Wednesday. Folks with any more tokens can either throw them out or save them as souvenirs.

The little gold coins, which stopped being accepted at subway turnstiles back in May, will be completely phased out at the beginning of 2004. Metro Cards will now be the only way to pay for subways and buses in the city. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials say only about eight percent of straphangers use tokens anyway, so they are no longer needed. Bronx riders have mixed opinions about the elimination of tokens.

Unused tokens can only be redeemed in person at New York City Transit Authority Headquarters in Brooklyn.

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