New York plans to replace the MetroCard, pilots smart cards

A pilot program is in the works to replace the New York City MetroCard with a chip-enabled smart card, according to the New York Times. Unlike the current MetroCard, which use magnetic-stripe technology, smart cards are waved in front of a sensor, rather than swiped. This aims to eliminate any delays at the turnstiles, where riders are often held up by malfunctioning MetroCards.