Hundreds Got Free Rides From Faulty Ticket Machines

Posted by admin | Queens News | Posted on August 13th, 2008

The three people charged for selling MetroCards obtained for free from a Penn Station machine with a glitch were not the only ones investigators think were getting free rides.

Three people are charged with exploiting the glitch in the machine to get $800,000 worth of rail tickets.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority this morning confirmed that hundreds of others may have unknowingly received free tickets because of the same software problem.

The Long Island Rail Road says a check of its records since 2004 shows nearly a thousand transactions totaling $74,000 that appear to also be related to the error. Metro-North says it hasn’t done a check that far back, but did find nearly $3,000 in sales earlier this year in which the customer was not charged.

An LIRR spokesman told the New York Times the glitch has since been fixed.

The railroad plans to seek restitution from the three people charged in the scam, and possibly the vending machine provider.

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