Railroads: The Passenger Nightmare

This winter, commuting to Manhattan and Philadelphia has turned from a burden into a nightmare. Almost every working day, thousands of passengers shiver in the unheated and unlighted cars of stalled trains, while others wait on windy platforms for trains that never arrive or are from 30 minutes to three hours late. The crisis has produced protest meetings and a threat by the New York Public Service Commission to file suit against the Penn Central Railroad for inept performance. It has also cost businesses millions of dollars in lost man-hours and added to the general malaise of city life.


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