The M.T.A. has reversed course, and is saying that the shutdown will not occur this upcoming weekend. Instead, it will take place a week later; the agency promised “more to come” for riders next Monday.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the M.T.A. announced that its MetroCard vending machines would not be taking credit or debit card transactions this weekend.
In the tweet, the agency stated this weekend’s shutdown was for a “scheduled system software upgrade.” It appears that the agency has been doing more work on the machines, as this closure follows a recent other one in October 2017, which was more limited in scope.
Riders did not hold back their emotions in responding to the agency via Twitter, including elected officials, such as City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.