Thanks to Ron Newman, who posted a reminder about this on Davis Square Livejournal.
Even if you live in the suburbs, many of us do use the T daily getting to and from work and school. So here's an important message for all T riders. If you have old T tokens lying around, they're currently worth $1.25 if you use them in a CharlieCard machine.
Although the MBTA got rid of token-operated turnstiles more than five years ago, the tokens are still worth the money, and you can use them to add value to your CharlieCard.
After June 30, that will change.
Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the MBTA, confirmed that starting July 1, old tokens won't have monetary value, at least as far as the T is concerned—they may be worth something as collectibles.
So, if you've got drawers and jars filled with old tokens, you may want to cash them in this week.
Of course, you may want lots of old tokens, and if you've got any other ideas about what to do with them, let us know in the comments section.
Here are a few options:
- Use them as a form of currency in your household, trading them for access to the bathroom.
- Melt them down and use the metal to start laying track for the Green Line Extension.
- Invest them all in a Rhode Island video game company.
- Leave them as tips at restaurants up in Canada. If anyone confronts you about it, tell them you got confused by the metric system.