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FaresLeft - Check MetroCard Balance Online

Created by Eddie Sanchez.

I'm a Developer in Queens Village, NY. I work at EZFacility, Inc.. Previously, I've worked at SITA, Computershare, Newsday. I earned a B.S. from Stony Brook University.

Project Description

An online website to check the balance (at this time there is no public API provided by the MTA, so the information you see on the website is randomly generated) on your New York City MetroCard as well as the number of fares/rides left by using the serial number on the back of your MetroCard. You can also find the nearest subway entrance and bus stops to your location as well as any location in New York City.

We are making this app because currently, the only way to check your balance and see how many fares left you have is at a turnstile or a fare machine. As New Yorkers there have been too many times where we entered a subway entrance and swiped our MetroCard just to find out we do not have any fares left.

What if you get to the subway or bus stop, find out you don't have enough balance and you don't have enough money on you? With FaresLeft.com you can check your balance before you head out the door and know in advance if you need to refill your MetroCard. You can also visit the website on your mobile smartphone if you are on the go. For parents, you can now be confident your child has enough on their MetroCard to make it to and from school.

Besides being able to check your MetroCard balance, we would also like to provide the ability to refill your MetroCard online through the website, making it even more convenient to use a MetroCard.

FaresLeft improves NYC residents and its visitor lives by making something that is inconvenient, convenient.

FaresLeft eliminates the frustrations of not having enough balance on your MetroCard as well as not being able to check your balance at fare checker machines. By being able to know your balance ahead of time, New Yorkers will make better use of their MetroCard, thereby increasing mass transit use.

The more people using mass transit the less vehicle traffic there will be, reducing congestion and pollution.

The easier it is for for people to use their MetroCard the more they will be willing to use it. The more they us

Project Goals

  • To provide an online tool for New Yorkers and visitors to be able to check their MetroCard balance.

  • For the MTA to make MetroCard data available through public data sets and/or API's

  • Create native mobile applications for FaresLeft on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Windows 8

Project Updates

MTA Data

June 5, 2013

Due to the MetroCard data not being publicly available, we developed a class library around the attributes of a MetroCard that would interface with a hypothetical MetroCard API.

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MetroCard_(New_York_City)#Technology

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Luis Santa and Noraida Gonzalez

Hi I would like to check the balance on 4 ticket that I have for Metro Card. The numbers are: 2690645400 24483196
2689628058. 24476739
2689628058. 24476739
2690645401. 24483296

8 days ago

teresa

how much is the nyc bus fare

04/24/2016

mochabreez67

Love it! Very useful. Please let me know when it is available, Thanks!

04/21/2016

Theresa

Would be very useful to know what the balance is without having to venture into the subway.

04/19/2016

Aaron

Great idea, Eddie. Good luck making this happen. I'm an example of yet another kind of customer -- I live far from NYC but visit there a few times a year. Right now, I have an MetroCard that expires at the end of this month, and I have no idea how much money is on it. My mistake for not checking last time I was there, yes, but this is a basic function that MTA should be providing online.

02/17/2016

Aaron

What is with the questions below asking how to check the balance online? Don't you people understand what website you're on, and what this guy is trying to create?

I'll make it simple: This guy is trying to create this app BECAUSE it's *not* currently possible to check your MTA card balance online.

02/17/2016

Eddie S.

This App was created but has no data to feed it... still waiting for an API from the MTA to handle it .

02/15/2016

J shieh

Can i check a metro card to see the dates and times it was used

02/14/2016

Miriam

No application was ever created for this?

02/14/2016

ROSEANN PENNACCHIA

HOW DO I CHECK MY METRO CARD BALANCE ON LINE?

02/05/2016

anne martino

expired metro card

10/14/2015

ShellyannDixon

Can i check a metro card to see the dates and times it was used

09/16/2015

Ryan

This is a great idea. I'd love to know why the MTA wasn't willing to provide card data. Do tell.

08/29/2015

William Berzak

My senior citizen card expires on 8/31/15 and I received a new card.
Does the balance from the expired card get put into the new card?
If it doesn't how do I move the balance over to the new card?
Thank You

08/21/2015

Kim

Wow, Eddie. This is an awesome project. Slick video. Like everyone else, I want to check what's left on a card and I'm in SC. So there's no way for me to check it in the subway. Ridiculous NY hasn't come up with this on their own. Best of luck!

07/18/2015

Earl Christian

all I need to do is check my metro card balance,wow

03/28/2015

Swaggy P

I've always had the urge to make an app similar to your idea, I think it's a great idea and will be simple to use and very resourceful, I just wish I had brought more attention to it.

08/14/2014

BRYANT

HOW CAN I FIND OUT THE REMAINING BALANCE ON MY METRO CARD

04/29/2014

patricia mailaro

how do I check my mta metro card balance

03/31/2014

Eddie

WE agree with what you said, unfortunately there is nothing out there. This was a NYC Big apps competition and one of the things we hoped is that this would bring attention to that and since we had already done some of the leg work that the MTA would meet us half way... lets just say things didn't work out that way.

03/26/2014
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