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90s, Tokens And Bus Passes

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Counterfeit Paper Bus Passes From Dude in Homeroom 602.
I remember back in the day when I was in junior high school. Back when the fare was changing from $1.25 to $1.50 and everyone was up-in-arms about that little increase. I’m not sure if MetroCards were out yet, but if they were, it was the blue cards and it wasn’t a big deal yet. Tokens still ruled…and to see a crackhead magically suck a token back out of the slot after you went through the turnstile was like MTA Cabaret in the late 80s/ early 90s. (They eventually managed to take over the MetroCard hustle…just bend the lower right corner at about 30 degrees. Just ask Flava Flav, Yankee Stadium on the, then, C & D trains. He ruled the decade, and the block as Token Jester.)
This is the time when students would get a paper bus pass from your homeroom teacher every month. The september card sometimes came with a wallet with the clear window-depending if the Board Of Ed. was in the black, or in th red that year. The cards were slightly irridescent, with pastel colors that either read,”S” or “R/S.” S for surface and R/S for rapid(transit)/surface. If you only lived like 10 blocks away, you was getting that S-pass…and you know you was :tight: having the R/S was like flashing a badge to a 12 year old. That meant wondering the entire city for free “between the hours of 6:30am and 8:30pm.”
We came to learn ways of getting around little hurdles like living 6 blocks away, but wanted to go to The Key on Friday to not rollerskate and grind up on some Bronx girls:
“The January pass from 7th grade is the same as this September one. Ask your sister if she still has her’s.”
“Make sure you cut real neat, yo. The be knowing…”
The colors repeat often, so if you could cut out the R/S insignia, etc and put it or the current month, you were copasetic for the month. That $1.25 could go towards a slice and a soda (:moment of silence for the 90s prices:*:)

*Post Script* I even remember people putting a foggy screen in their wallets just so their passes would pass better…

  1. stixx
    November 17, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Man, I remember all this except for me the fare was $1.00 and a slice of pizza and soda was $1.10. Remember being kick off the bus a few times man those days are priceless. Shit I wanna go back.

  2. November 18, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I remember I use to change my 1/2 Fare pass into R/S so I could go meet my friends in the city and I would save them because the colors would repeat and reuse.

    • November 18, 2009 at 6:18 am

      Yup! She Must Be A Native…lol

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