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The subways of New York run for more than 600 miles over and under the city. Each day of the week, more than five-and-a-half million people commute using the subway system from all over the five boroughs. Born of the merger of several subway systems, the Metropolitan Transit Authority has a few secrets that it keeps hidden from those commuters.

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4. People got free rides in weird ways

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Back when people used tokens to pay for travel, some discovered interesting ways to get around for free. In one, a person would stick a wrapper from gum or a scrap of paper in the token slot and then suck the token out after someone tried to use it. They’d also sometimes use Connecticut Turnpike’s cheaper tokens to get a cut-price ride.

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