A $250,000 subway typo has caused some major issues for the MTA. On March 9, the New York Post reported that maps with incorrect information were distributed to thousands of public transportation users. The amount of money it took to print these maps was an estimated $250,000. Once the typo was noticed, the MTA urgently ordered workers to stop distributing the maps.
"They’re very embarrassed about this. They were frantically calling the booths trying to get these maps back," a transit source said. Apparently the Transit Workers Union Local 100 made the mistake, and printed over 80,000 maps with the wrong information on them.
The $250,000 subway typo had to do with a fare increase. The wrong amount was listed on the maps - hence the typo. The maps are no longer being distributed, but thousands of people already received the wrong information and the problem won't be fixed until later this week. On March 15 new maps with the correct information will be handed out -- it is unknown if the MTA will seek any sort of credit from the labor union that printed the incorrect information.
"They weren’t coming out with a new map because they were changing the map. They were coming out with a new map because they were changing the price. That was the sole purpose. And they couldn’t even get that right," said Paul Flores, an MTA station agent and union leader (via the NY Post).
The $250,000 subway typo comes on the heels of a fare increase put in place by the MTA. The news maps were supposed to inform people of the fare increases. Instead, they are causing major confusing and costing lots of money.
© Effie Orfanides 2013