THANK YOU TO TRISTATE RAIL NEWS FOR THIS: Starting Sunday, token sales for New York City subway and bus riders will be limited to two per person as part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's plan to eliminate token use. Token sales will cease on April 13 and they will be completely phased out on May 4. About 85 percent of the 7 million daily bus and subway riders pay for transportation using the MetroCard. Only 8 percent of them use tokens, according to the MTA. Although the coins have long been mainstays, the MetroCards are more beneficial and ridership has increased by 36 percent under them, transit officials have said. The tokens went through five decades of usage for commuters and six makeovers. The MTA targeted tokens in its effort to cut costs and make ends meet. Last week, the agency announced that one-way transit fares would rise from $1.50 to $2 in May. Turnstiles will no longer accept tokens. Fareboxes on buses will continue to take them until Dec. 31, but riders will have to add an extra 50 cents to complete their fare.