UPDATE, June 29: It appears people now have until July 20 to redeem tokens. This is from mbta.com:
Effective July 20, 2012, the MBTA will no longer redeem tokens. Due to increased demand to redeem tokens before July 20, 2012, we will continue to accept tokens via fare vending machines at the following locations:
Downtown Crossing, Harvard Square, Riverside, Ruggles, Quincy Center, and Government Center Stations.
Customers will be able to redeem tokens for CharlieCard/Ticket value via Fare Vending Machines at these locations.
The MBTA will also redeem tokens for CharlieCard/Ticket value during normal business hours at the Downtown Crossing Pass Office and 10 Park Plaza, Suite 4730.
UPDATE: It turns out that some machines are already programmed not to accept old T tokens (see comments below). In an email, Joe Pesaturo explained that techicians, in order adapt machines throught the MBTA system for upcoming fare changes, have already started making adaptations to some machines. If you have lots of tokens you want to exchange, you can take them to the customer service center at Downtown Crossing through Saturday.
Thanks to Ron Newman, who posted a reminder about this on Davis Square Livejournal.
If you've got old T tokens lying around, they're currently worth $1.25 if you use them in a CharlieCard machine.
Although the MBTA got rid of token-operated turnstiles over five years ago, the tokens are still worth the money, and you can use them to add value to your CharlieCard.
After June 30, that will change.
Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the MBTA, confirmed that starting July 1, old tokens won't have monetary value, at least as far as the T is concerned—they may be worth something as collectibles.
So, if you've got drawers and jars filled with old tokens, you may want to cash them in this week.
Of course, you may want lots of old tokens, and if you've got any other ideas about what to do with them, let us know in the comments section.
Here are a few options:
- Use them as a form of currency in your household, trading them for access to the bathroom.
- Melt them down and use the metal to start laying track for the Green Line Extension.
- Invest them all in a Rhode Island video game company.
- Leave them as tips at restaurants up in Canada. If anyone confronts you about it, tell them you got confused by the metric system.