The PATH just started its SmartLink card system, and Gothamist was wondering if any of our readers are using it or observed people using it? SmartLink cards had computer chips in them that allow commuters to just wave their wallet (or bump their bag or pocket) up against the reader and they'll be allowed through the turnstile. The PATH officials think that the SmartLink will replace the QuickCard which is an added value card like the Metrocard, and may consider charging riders for the SmartLink. But at present, they are just seeing how well it works.

The MTA will be testing their version of a smart card on the Lexington Avenue line in the next couple of years, which will probably mean a decade.