$250,000 Subway Typo: MTA Throws Away New Subway Maps Worth $250K Due To Typo

By on Mar 11, 2013 in United States, Weird, World Comments

A typographical error on their new subway maps prompted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to throw away the maps reportedly worth up to $250,000, the New York Post reported on Sunday, March 10, 2013. That’s way too much money to waste for a typo.

NYC Subway

New York City Subway
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According to the report, the new March 2013 map mistakenly lists the minimum price for a pay-per-ride card as $4.50, the old rate, instead of $5.

“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,” Paul Flores, an MTA station agent and union leader was quoted as saying by the New York Post. “That was the sole purpose. And they couldn’t even get that right.”

The report said that an estimated 80,000 maps were printed worth up to $250,000. The MTA reportedly conceded that at least 2 boxes of maps with the error were distributed, however, most of them were pulled out from the station booths before they got out.

New corrected maps will be available by March 15, reports said.

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