With the fare hike for unlimited Metrocards going into effect on Sunday, Gothamist recommends that anyone who is a few days from needing a new unlimited weekly or monthly card to suck it up and get one now - as long as the new one will be used within the grace period.

Grace periods for cards purchased before Sunday, February 27:
7-Day card - until March 7, 2005
30-Day cards - until April 3, 2005

For Unlimited Ride cards purchased prior to February 27, 2005 (and not used up by the end of the grace period), refunds will be made on a pro-rated basis. Ask for a postage-paid envelope at your station booth to return your card.

Happy riding, folks!

The MTA on the fare hike.