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MetroCard Vending Machine
MTA/New York City Transit
  • Year
  • 1999
  • Type
  • Hardware and Screen Interface Design

The MetroCard Vending Machine sells pre-paid fare cards for NYC subways and buses, thus represents a major access point to the New York City Transit system, which moves around 7 million passengers daily. The user can purchase various ticket types by cash, credit and debit cards. An intuitive interface minimizes transaction time and a welcoming appearance eliminates skepticism of adopting new technology. The multilingual interface guides the user all the way through the transaction, color-coding unites hardware and software elements. The design observes ADA guidelines and provides full access for the disabled. Tactile and high-contrast graphics help the visually impaired. Braille and audio instruction are also available. To protect from vandalism, a stainless-steel casing and ceramic-coated bezels are featured.The machine is hard to scratch and easy to clean.

Additional Design Credit: David Reinfurt, Kathleen Holman.

Press & Awards
Best of Category, Kiosk, Print Magazine Digital Design Annual, 2000
MTA/NYCT MetroCard Vending Machine
Silver Award, ID Magazine Annual Interactive Media Design Review, 2000
MTA/NYCT MetroCard Vending Machine
The New York Times
A Playful Helper in the Subway's Depths, March 9, 2000