MBTA tokens given short reprieve
BOSTON (AP) -- The MBTA's metal token is getting a temporary reprieve.
The tokens, which haven't been sold since 2006 but were still accepted as payment for a ride on the subway system, were supposed to be phased out for good on Sunday.
But due to demand from riders, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will continue to accept tokens for credit at certain sites for another three weeks, until July 20.
Jonathan Davis, the T's acting general manager, tells The Boston Globe that an estimated 3.4 million of the little metal discs will then be sold to a scrap metal dealer and melted down, although a few will be kept for jewelry makers to convert into cufflinks, key rings and other items. Some will go to collectors.