Cities with subways, or with plans for subways, watched New York City last week. New York has the largest subway system in the U. S. and the question was: have rides-for-a-nickel joined the jitney bus and the horse-cab?

The Interborough Rapid Transit Co. (one of New York's two subway systems) contracted with the City of New York in 1913 to give rides-for-a-nickel until 1968, when the line reverts to the city. After 15 years of experience, the I. R. T. has concluded that rides-for-a-nickel are economically obsolete. Last winter the I. R. T. asked the State authorities to authorize a 7-cent...

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