Business: The Mess In Mass Transit

Though demand is up, the service is down

A i the gas shortage forces them to rely much less on their large cars, millions of Americans have run smack into a painful reality: unlike all other industrial nations, the U.S. lacks a coherent, efficient and low-cost system of mass transportation.

True, some big, old cities, notably New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia, have extensive rapid transit But ila most without exception the equipment is rundown, the subway stations dingy and dangerous and the scheduling haphazard. In most other cities and towns, mass transit is...

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