A $250,000 subway typo is making quite the buzz across internet searches this afternoon, as the NY Post reported this Sunday, March 10, that a “massive” MTA typo led to over a quarter of a million dollars worth of new subway maps being thrown out due to outdated fare information.
With the headline, “$250,000 subway typo: MTA threw away subway maps because they displayed outdated fare info”, sources report that the MTA is “embarrassed” over the map typo on fares.
“They’re very embarrassed about this,” a transit source said. “They were frantically calling the booths trying to get these maps back.”
There were some of the bad maps that stayed in circulation. The major issues with these typo-fare was that they list the price for a ride card at a $4.50 fee — the old MTA rate. The new minimum fare is now $5 for a pay-per-ride card.
Transit workers said an “urgent” call came to them earlier in the week telling all agents to stop handing out the maps to the public without any explanation at the time.
“It was an urgent message: Please don’t issue any maps to the customers,” recalled a station agent in Brooklyn. “The money they waste is mind-boggling.”
The news finally got wind of the $250,000 subway typo.
“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,” said Paul Flores, an MTA station agent and union leader. “That was the sole purpose. And they couldn’t even get that right.”
Over 80,000 incorrect maps were allegedly printed and distributed at a cost of a quarter of a million dollars. The corrected versions of the new subway maps will not be ready until March 15, added sources.