THE COMMUTER PROBLEM,: Higher Fares Alone Are Not the Answer

THE COMMUTER PROBLEM

TO railroaders, the U.S. commuter is a deadhead who does not pay his way. Even worse, he is now one out of every two passengers—and last year U.S. passenger traffic went $700 million in the hole. Railroaders have howled for years about commuter losses. But now, they insist, the losses have brought on a rail crisis. Last month the New Haven Railroad announced that it had a $15 million passenger deficit in 1956, asked for outright commuter subsidies from the states. Last week the New York Central, moaning that it is...

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