RAILROADS: New Deal on the Long Island

To U.S. commuters everywhere, the Long Island Rail Road has long stood out as the archetype of badly run roads, with topsy-turvy schedules, sooty cars and rough roadbeds. Last week the Long Island added what would once have been two more black marks to its long list of troubles. In the space of three days, two power failures during peak rush hours stranded 112 trains and kept 95,000 commuters waiting up to two hours. But this time, instead of rising up in wrath, most of the passengers took the delays with good...

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