MetroCard glitch leaves subway riders unable to pay with credit, debit cards

Riders at 126 subway stations — 26% of the system — were unable to buy MetroCards with credit or debit cards for hours Thursday morning because of technical problems.

An outage in a Verizon communications network used to process credit and debit card transactions at MetroCard vending machines started at about 5:15 a.m., the MTA said.

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