A couple of months ago, I answered an ad on craigslist to come in and try this new program while getting compensated for my thoughts on the website. Naturally, I obliged. I set up an appointment to meet with the developers of THISISALICE.COM to discuss the usability, practicality and functionality of their website. Since our initial meeting, I have been singing their praises to everyone that I meet.
This Is Alice provides an invaluable to service to anyone that rides the train and purchases a weekly or monthly metro card. More specifically, Alice's primary target market is people with low income. Many times, people who are living pay check to pay check can't necessarily afford a monthly or weekly Metrocard even if they absolutely need it. That's where This Is Alice comes in. For $28.50 a week, Alice provides you with a monthly metro card for less than you would pay for a weekly. There are three beautiful things with Alice, 1. They charge you weekly on whatever day you specify to be charged (preferably a pay day) 2. Signing up for Alice is like signing up for a credit card as they report POSITIVELY to credit agencies (not negatively and your social is not necessary) and 3. It doesn't matter how much you make, you can still receive a discounted Metrocard..
If you hate the MTA as much as I do, this is a small way to "stick it to the man"..