A tipster sent Streetsblog and Second Avenue Sagas a file showing the results of an MTA demographics survey. The information is usually kept secret so the MTA can focus on policy-making without any interference from the meddlesome public, but what these blogs received suggests the Authority wasn't lying when they said the Unlimited MetroCard could be eliminated without affecting many commuters.

Take the monthly Unlimited MetroCard—25 percent of 30-day buyers don’t reach the break-even point, which right now is 40 rides (assuming you're paying full price for a single ride every time, and not getting the bonus). And 35 percent of those using the seven-day Unlimited card don't reach the break-even point, which is currently 12 rides. The survey also shows that commuters who buy Unlimited cards earn significantly more than those who don't, which isn't really any surprise. Second Avenue Sagas wonders if the MTA should "better educate riders as to the break-even point of its MetroCard offerings?"

But maybe upper crust straphangers just want the satisfaction of knowing they have unlimited access to the transit system, whether they use it or not, like when posh people order big bottles of champagne and spray each other with it during a $75,000 brunch. Same principle.